I have stepped back from croquet this year but I
looked after the Jamberoo lawns for many years and we
laser-leveled one of the lawns about every 2 years
commencing with our 3rd lawn in 2010.
Laser leveling is carried out with a special tractor
which has balloon tyres (to not leave tyre tracks) and
a grader blade which is automatically raised or
lowered hydraulically by a photo sensor which detects
a rotating laser beam from a fixed beacon. The laser
beacon is set off the lawn to provide a rotating beam
at whatever angle is required. Although it is called
laser leveling, the beam does not have to be set
level. If, for example you wanted to have, say, a
0.5% fall from south to north then the laser beacon
can be set to provide such a fall.
The sensor on the laser leveling machine detects the
laser beam and raises or lowers the grader blade
independently of any hills or hollows the wheels may
The guy we have used says that he needs about 10
tonnes of good quality top dressing soil per croquet
lawn (eg for about 1000 square metres). The
contractor we used recommends that the maximum soil
thickness after leveling should be no greater than 18
mm in any area and the level accuracy is better than
I am not right up-to-date with the latest costs but
10 tonnes of high quality top dressing soil runs at
about $70 per tonne (eg $700 worth) and the laser guy
charges about another $800 so all up about $1500 on
top of a normal renovation. (ie the lawn should be
scarified, aerated and fertilised before leveling)
I am away from home at present but I could send you a
video of the laser leveling being carried out on one
of the Jamberoo lawns if you are interested.
2:02 PM, Wal Mills wrote:
Has anyone had any experience with laser levelling of
croquet or other courts.
Has it worked okay, What about over time?
What equipment was used, tractor, grader or other?
Looking to possibilities in the future on our courts at