When leveling a lawn, there are a few different approaches that work for different situations. Lawn leveling tools are used to level the ground in order to create a level surface for a lawn or garden. Although lawn leveling rakes are a great landscaping tool, they are not practical to use when leveling very large areas.  The best option for your larger-scale leveling projects is a tow-behind or drag lawn levels.

We recommend leveling your lawn to keep it safer for walking, free from water pooling, and more appealing to the eye. Lawns become lumpier over time for a number of reasons. Harsh frosts, animal burrowing, and improper grading are all common causes.  A lumpy lawn is a tripping hazard, and it is easy to scalp grass on uneven ground.

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When to Use Tow-Behind Drag Lawn Levels

The best time to level a lawn is in mid to late spring when the grass is coming out of its dormancy. Early autumn is also a popular time to level. It is best to wait for a time when the lawn’s soil is not wet and the grass is actively growing. A dyer soil is important, especially when using a tractor or four-wheeler to help you level. If the soil or grass is wet, it could leave wheel marks on the lawn, and the level will not glide as smoothly.

Choosing a Drag Lawn Level

Drag lawn levels are ideal for larger areas of land. If you only need to level a small area, consider using a lawn leveling rake. They most often attach to the back of a tractor or four-wheeler. Note that these lawn levelers work best to even out shallow dips and are not sufficient for fixing large ruts. Larger ruts and divots need several passes with the level to get it completely smooth.

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Lawn Drag Levels vs. Drag Mats

Drag lawn levels are similar to both lawn leveling rakes and drag mats. Lawn levels and drag mats both attach to the back lawn tractors or four-wheelers; however, they are made of different materials. While lawn drag mats are usually made of a flexible steel mesh, lawn levels are made of stiff metal grates. The fact that drag lawn levels are stiff means that they keep a more perfect level. 

Lawn Drag Levels vs. Leveling Rakes

Because they both have grates, both Lawn Leveling Rakes and Drag Lawn Levels work the same way. The grates push fine material into shallow dips while staying completely level. Grates continue to push along any coarse material like twigs or woodchips. Drag Lawn Levels are wider than Lawn Leveling Rakes, and because they are usually attached to a motorized vehicle, they cover more area more quickly. 

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What Drag Level Should I Get?

Here at Landzie, we recommend using our Landzie Tow Behind Lawn Levels! These tow-behind lawn leveling rakes are made from reinforced steel.  They come in a 4 ft, 6 ft, and 8 ft wide version for various-sized lawns. Both are powder-coated and include a chain link and hitch connection. If you have a large lawn or are taking on a renovation project, our Tow Behind Lawn Level is a great option!

Using Tow-Behind Drag Lawn Levels

There are some steps you should take before using any method to level your lawn. Firstly, you should begin with a lawn that is already mowed very short. It is alright if this breaks the ‘one-third’ rule as long as you do not scalp the grass. If you notice a thick layer of thatch on the ground, dethatch your lawn first. Both of these steps ensure that your mix settles properly. 

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Determine the Type of Material For Leveling

When choosing material for lawn leveling, think about what suits your needs. Generally, leveling uses a mixture of fine sand and organic material, such as peat moss or topsoil. The fine sand fills holes evenly while the organic material helps feed the grass. Although many find a 2:3 ratio of soil and sand to be helpful, others prefer to forgo the organic material entirely and use only sand. Many golf courses only use sand to achieve the smoothest finish. Combine any material and mix thoroughly before beginning your project. Additionally, no matter what material you choose, make sure that it is completely dry before using it to avoid any clumps. 

Safe Operation of Tow-Behind Drag Lawn Levels

Remember that tow-behind drag lawn levels are hazardous if not used correctly. That is why safety is always a priority when using them.

First, make sure to securely attach the tow-behind drag lawn level to your vehicle before beginning to use it. Check that all the necessary straps and chains are in place and securely fastened. This ensures that the equipment does not become detached from your vehicle while in use, which could cause an accident or injury. Additionally, inspect the condition of the straps or chains before each use to ensure that they are still strong enough to hold up the load.

Look Out For Obstacles

It’s also important to plan ahead when using tow-behind drag lawn levels. If there are any trees, shrubs, rocks, or other obstacles in the way of your path, make sure to clear them away before taking off with your equipment. This reduces the risk of damaging either yourself or your property in case something goes wrong. Additionally, always look around for any potential hazards before beginning work, such as power lines or underground utilities, to prevent any electrical accidents from occurring during operation.

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More Saftey Tips

When operating tow-behind drag lawn levels, keep a safe distance from other people and vehicles at all times. If you must stop for any reason along your path, be sure to move far enough away from others so that they are not impacted by anything you do (or don’t do). Additionally, never attempt to lift or carry heavy objects while using this type of equipment; instead, ask someone else for assistance if needed.

Finally, always practice common sense when working with tow-behind drag lawn levels. Wear protective gear such as goggles and gloves.  Stay alert at all times, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully before operating the equipment each time you use it. By doing these simple steps you remain safe while getting the job done quickly and efficiently!

Before and After Care

Caring for your lawn before and after you level it leaves you with even better results. About a week beforehand, dress your lawn with a high-nitrogen fertilizer to encourage grass growth.  It is ideal to spread about half a pound for every thousand square feet to help your grass recover. Also, be sure to water your lawn thoroughly after leveling. This helps the material settle into the grass. Consider aerating your lawn in the future to avoid new bumps. Lastly, continue to evaluate your lawn for unevenness. Leveling is an ongoing process over multiple seasons, so we encourage tweaks and adjustments over time.

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