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How to Use Top Soil to Level a Yard

By Daniel Smith ; Updated September 21, 2017
Use topsoil to level a yard.
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Filling in problem areas with topsoil is a good landscaping technique to level a yard. Often, high traffic areas or run-off areas of the yard can become uneven. A level yard is aesthetically appealing, while uneven spots or holes in a yard create tripping or falling hazards. The cost to use topsoil to level a yard is relatively inexpensive.

Walk around your yard to locate holes, dips or uneven areas. The best time to spot problem areas is after a rainfall. Place one or more gardening stakes at the edges of the problem areas to mark them for leveling.

Fill a wheelbarrow with topsoil. Shovel topsoil onto problem areas. Use a hand-gardening rake for small areas or a garden till for large areas, to work the topsoil into the original soil.

Remove the gardening stakes.

Use a regular gardening rake to smooth and level the problem area.

Roll a lawn roller over the topsoil. Check how level the area is with a leveling tool. Fill in uneven spots with more topsoil and use the lawn roller again. Repeat until the yard area is level again.

Repeat steps 2 to 5 until all the areas are repaired and yard is level.

Sow grass seed heavily in the topsoil spots. Cover with straw. Water thoroughly. Repeat watering as needed until grass seed germinates. Remove straw.


Things You Will Need

  • Gardening stakes
  • Topsoil
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Shovel
  • Hand-gardening rake or garden till
  • Lawn roller
  • Grass seed
  • Straw
  • Water
  • Level


  • Remove yard debris when using topsoil to level a yard.


  • Don't worry about the initial look of repaired areas. Repaired patches will fill in with grass for an even and beautiful lawn.

About the Author


Daniel Smith graduated from technical school in 1993 and has been writing since 2005. His has written numerous articles for the instructional website called eHow in areas including gardening, home improvement, celebrating special events and health-related topics.