Questions tagged [grading]

Grading is the term for altering the slope of an area, typically for producing a level base for a structure or an even slope for landscaping. Use this tag for questions about when grading is appropriate or how to grade an area.

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What are some ways to dig up the wild grass and level the area?

I have a backyard that is not flat/level. There is wild grass and weeks growing. I was trying to dig it up using a shovel and the roots of the wild grass is pretty deep. Once I’m able to push pass ...
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Side yard flooded, low spots near patio, nasty bare clay spots.. best route to take?

I've always loved reading these posts but never thought to make an account. So here goes nothing. New homeowner, want to fix the drainage issues and get some trouble areas growing. -My side yard ...
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Is my yard not usable?

We are in the process of buying a home - and the builder says the yard is "4:1" or a "25% grade" - I am trying to understand if this will need to be leveled, and at what cost to be able to use the ...
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Yard Grading. Moving dirt from one side to another?

On the side of my house I have a slop that I want to grade.i attached a quick mock up of what it looks like: At the top of the slop is my fence. At the bottom of my slop is a retaining wall (approx ...
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First time home owner, leaky basement, and a poorly graded yard.

First time home buyer here looking for some insight on proper drainage around the base of my house. I'm looking at digging a french drain on the side of my house because water pools there when it ...
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Will Patio Base Trap Water?

we are planning to build a patio at our backyard against the back wall. The backyard is wet for the most of the year. Most of the videos I saw recommend to dig to a depth of 6 to 8 inches, and fill in ...
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New House, Dirt Yard, Ideas in Mind, where to begin?

I moved into my house back in December of 2015. We still have a dirt yard and want to try and get something in before summer time. I have had a few quotes that are a little out of budget for me so I ...
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Can I add new soil on top of existing lawn without trouble?

I have a very uneven back yard, from a combination of settling, bad maintenance, and a very enthusiastic dog (digger) that a previous owner kept out there. As part of a large backyard landscaping ...
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Clay filled lawn with bad drainage, needs solution

We just bought 28 acres of land with a 30 year old existing house in the center on about 1 acre cleared, the rest is completely tree filled. There is a natural slope only a few degrees heading from ...
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What's the best way to remove grass/topsoil to prepare for grading?

I want to remove about 250 square feet of grass/topsoil and then lightly grade for drainage below a future deck. Should I: Man up with a spade & a rake? Rent a sod cutter & go deep? Use ...
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Realtime landscape plus design program, final ground height

I have Realtime Landscaping Plus 3D landscape design program and I cannot find any way to see what the the final height of the ground is in my design. The design has lots of slopes, height grids, ...
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What should I do about old invasive redwood roots after the trees are cut down?

Our redwood trees were too big and too close to the house so we had them cut down. Now we will grind out the stumps and remove the large roots. However, the ground is totally saturated with the ...
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Is my calculation of 1x Cubic meter of Top Soil correct?

I have a 366cm * 366cm round above-ground plastic pool - but the yard runs at a downhill slope. I want to lay down soil (the grass must grow back when we remove the soil) so as to level the 366cm * ...