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This sounds like a lot of work. The picture you show of the backyard looks nicer than some other lawns I have seen where people have a maintenance firm do the fertilizing and cutting. Just some points to note: if you raise the grade anything more than an inch or two this will kill any trees inside the raised area. Trees don't take grade changes well. to ...


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It depends on whether you want to keep the sod or no and if the ground is already pretty flat. I haven't used a sod cutter, but I think the ground has to be fairly level. I don't think it works well if there are dips in the ground. I think for 250sq/ft, which is around 16'x16', you can man up with a shovel and a pickmatic. Figure out where you want to have ...


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You will want 3-4" diameter perforated pipes in the stone layer (also sloped 1"/10ft), and you will probably also want filter fabric on both sides of the stone layer, or it will become a layer of clay with rocks embedded in it soon enough. You might also want some much deeper "french drains" to deal with the water, rather than only having drainage 1-1.5 ...


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I had to do the same thing when I moved into my new house a few years back. However, I used outside help but can tell you the sequence and steps. Get a detailed design together as to what you want the yard to look like. This includes all drainage, electrical, gas lines and irrigation I don't know if you need to get approval or permits but that would be ...


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The ground looks very compacted, so first step would be to aerate and loosen the surface. Some easy tips here: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/improving-compacted-soil.htm Is the block wall around the perimeter of the yard retaining any soil behind it or is it there for security/screening. If it is retaining I would do some ...


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Tree roots stop growing immediately after the tree has been felled, but may take weeks to months (and longer) to die unless the stump has been poisoned with a herbicide. If the stump is not treated, then the roots may send up sprouts, and the roots will start to grow again. While they are alive, trying to advance their decomposition will not work. It is ...


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Depending on the grass (certainly with kikuyu), it will break through the additional soil very quickly (I made this mistake recently). You might consider spraying the grass with glyphosate [ie the active ingredient in most common weed killers - often called "Roundup" ] first - although this could harm the trees if significant quantities get onto the ...


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If your looking to make sure the grass actually performs well, you should be sure to amend the soil with a decent amount of compost. I'd recommend at least 1 inch, but if it was me and I was making such a large investment in time and money with the other aspects of the project, I would go with 2 or even 3 inches . At 1 inches depth, simply multiply the ...


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Whatever you order will be delivered fluffed up in volume. After it compacts you could loose twenty to thirty percent by volume depending on soil type. Also, soil would be my last choice to level an area that is going to have something heavy on top. Soil is easily washed away. easy for critters to burrow under absorbs water. You already have a slope ...


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Ecerwal is right, grading first. You can consider other solutions if you have a good drop towards the street or the back of the lot. As always, when you change the grade where is the water going to go? If it is into your neighbour's house then you have just moved the problem and you will hear about it. Gutters direct water flow but provide other problems:...


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The water will seep down between the pavers and make it's way below to the rocks, going into the soil below as the soil can absorb. If your water table is so high, or your soil is regularly over saturated that deeply, you might have issues. You should be building the whole thing with a slight pitch away from the building. This should prevent water from ...


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What is the height or rise in elevation from your fence to that wall? What is the horizontal distance from your fence to the wall? Rise/Run = slope 6' of rise over 24' of run gives you a 25% slope. Making your slope less rounded and a straight shot will increase the speed of water flowing down your slope. If that wall is not engineered or built properly ...


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Yes, you use soil to raise the grade around the house. It's perfectly fine for soil to touch the foundation, but NOT fine for it to touch the siding on your house. In areas with basements, at least, you must leave 6"-8" of foundation between the top of the grade and the siding of the house. If you already are at this measurement, then you have a larger job ...


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If you are only looking to dig out the weed grasses and other weeds, its easier if the soil is damp or moist, number one, and number two, use a garden fork, one with a long handle and 4 tines (like these https://diygarden.co.uk/best-garden-fork/). I added a link because I don't know if 'garden fork' means the same in the USA as it does in the UK - I know ...


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Unlike spades, shovels are not designed for digging. If you want to do it by hand, use a tool with a sharp straight blade, not a curved shovel blade which can never cut to an even depth. And don't use a tool with a plastic handle unless you want to get blisters on your hands. The quickest way and easiest way, and reasonably priced in the UK, is to hire a ...


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From what I have been reading of your question, you do have a bit of a drainage problem on your site. An immediate fix would be a 'dry well' off to the side of your lawn. Dig a big hole; 2 to 3 feet deep and 6 to 8 feet in diameter. LIne it with landscape fabric, dump in river rock, drain rock, cobble they are all the same thing to fill the hole, cover with ...


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If the surface of the soil is sloped towards your foundation even installing a french drain will not help enough. You have to grade that surface soil to slope away from your foundation. If not possible then the next solution is to cover that area out to where the soil slopes away from the foundation. Firstus and most important before trying to mess with ...


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