Need to fill low spots in a lawn? Here’s when and how to do it

Need to fill low spots in a lawn? Here’s when and how to do it

A query for Dan Gill: I used to be questioning in case you might give me some pointers about spreading fill over my garden. I’ve some low areas that I must deal with. — Ernie Andrews

Reply: If the climate has been dry, water your grass totally a day or two earlier than you plan to fill. Fill ought to solely be utilized to lawns when they’re in lively progress, usually from late April by means of September. Principally, wait till you’re mowing commonly about as soon as each 7 to 10 days.

Fill supplies needs to be pretty sandy and coarse. It will assist the particles sift down among the many blades, and the grass blades will develop up by means of a rough fill higher. It needs to be low in natural matter.

Builders sand, pump sand and river sand can be utilized. Unfold the fill evenly over a newly mowed garden in areas the place it’s wanted utilizing a shovel and rake. Garden grasses will reliably develop by means of solely about 2 inches of fill.

The place deeper fill is required, you could have to exchange the garden in these areas. Do not forget that timber within the space additionally will solely tolerate about 2 inches of fill over their root programs.

Dan Gill is a horticulturist with the LSU AgCenter. E-mail inquiries to or add them to the remark part under. Comply with his tales at, on Fb and @nolahomegardenon Instagram.