Pretend I have just a square house on a flat lawn, plenty of room on every side. Assume there's already grass planted on the yard all the way up to the house. I want to change the grade of the yard from flat to having that minimum 2% grade or whatever it was.
Can this be, basically, just a process of pouring clay soil around the house and packing it down, then planting grass over that?
Or is it necessarily, even in the simplest case, a more complex job than that?
I'm thinking about whether to try to DIY some basic yard grading, basically to get rid of any "dips" in the soil around my foundation. This is to help with some problems I have with some moisture appearing in my basement in heavy rains. I'd love it if I could do this by basically just pouring soil into and around the dippy areas and packing that down. There are a couple of places where an obstruction might change what I need to do (most annoying being a gas meter) but for now I just want to think about how the simplest case works and work from there.