There’s a lot of different names for the same tool: Levelawn, Lawn Lute, Lawn Leveling Rake, etc. Regardless of the name, though, it all comes down to being an incredibly useful tool for distributing soil evenly over your lawn.
This is a great tool to have if you’re doing any landscaping. Unfortunately, they can cost anywhere from $75 to $200, so it’s not always feasible for people who only need to use them one time.
That’s why we’re going to go over a simple 3 step guide on how to make a DIY lawn leveling rake.
The first thing you’ll need to know is that a lawn leveling rake is basically several metal slates that push soil around. By having a large, flat bottom, it’s easy to distribute the soil evenly.
So for today’s purposes, all you need is a large metal work platform like this. Alternatively, you could use the top part of a large step-up ladder.
These types of platforms might be something you already own, but if not, you can find them for $20 – $30. If you purchase one, just go ahead and assemble it without the legs.
You’ll want some heavy-angle brackets that you can attach a push broom to. If your aluminum platform is relatively heavy, then you may want to consider steel angle brackets for extra support.
Attach the angle brackets to the center of the underside of the workbench. You may need to use a strong drill to make some holes in the support beams of the workbench if the one you bought doesn’t have any in the center.
Make sure the brackets are attached firmly and can support being pushed around.
Now that you have a strong push broom handle, screw in the bottom of it to the angle brackets you’ve made. Here is a photo of what it could look like.
After everything is firmly attached, go ahead and try it out. Make sure you can easily move it with no issues. If it seems unstable, go ahead and make the appropriate adjustments to the angle brackets. Remember, this tool should be saving you both time and money, so you’ll want it to be in the right shape!
How did it turn out?
There are lots of different DIY Lawn Leveling rakes out there, but this is by far the simplest and requires the least amount of tools. Other DIY levelers need you to buy several pieces of metal equipment, require soldering, and high-powered metalworking tools. Here’s an example of a video guide like this.
But for the average gardener, this might be too much. But by using a bench and some steel brackets, you’ll be able to make a nice leveler in no time. You can even disassemble it afterwards and get your bench back!
Did you try to follow our guide? Let us know how it turns out! Have any other tips or suggestions? Feel free to let us know in the comments below.