If you are building a lawn, you want to get it right the first time. Having to go back and tearing up an already established lawn because someone missed a large bump that keeps tripping your kids or water keeps pooling in one part of your yard becomes even more trouble. This is why before your even seed your lawn, you want to make sure the surface is level. Instead of just eyeballing it like many people do, and probably getting it wrong, a laser level can take the guesswork out of everything.
Naturally, the bigger the lawn area, the more difficult it can be to level, especially without a laser level. However, with our step-by-step guide, you can laser level a lawn perfectly every time.
- Gather your Tools – Before you even begin the process, you need to make sure you have all the tools you will need for the job. Obviously the most important tool is the laser level, but you will also want a tripod, a grade rod, and a laser detector. You will also need wooden stakes and a mallet.
- Mark Your Area – You don’t want your leveling to extend onto another person’s property where it might not be welcomed. So start by marking off the boundaries of your lawn with wooden stakes. While this step seems skippable, the wooden stakes at the boundaries also help mark out the leveling process so skip at your own discretion.
- Setting Up the Laser Level – Mounting your laser level on the tripod, you should keep it at a relatively low height, but it should still be above the first stake. Any obstacles in the lawn area, like high grass or large rocks should have been removed as well so they don’t interfere.
- Set Up the Detector – After measuring the height from the ground to your laser line, set up the laser receiver on a transit rod across from the beam. Make small adjustments to the laser detector until it signals that it has picked up the beam. You can use multiple detectors throughout the lawn, but you will also need to check that the laser is picked up on those as well.
- Measure – From the detectors, you also need to measure from the ground to the laser line as well.
- Fix It – With those measurements, you should now be able to calculate how much you need to adjust the grade at each marked point in your future lawn. Now it is all about moving and smoothing dirt in the area to fix the difference.
- Check for Mistakes – If you are confident in your calculations, this is an optional step. However, in dim lighting of dusk or a cloudy day, it is worthwhile to set your laser level on the ground and physically check for any dips or rises in your future lawn. Doing this during times when you can physically see the laser better helps make sure you didn’t make any mistakes or miscalculations that will need to be fixed after it has been seeded.