Owning a home or property is very rewarding in many ways. While home ownership presents challenges when it comes to maintaining home-value and protecting the property from every manner of threat. Protect and improve your home with some yard grading. Yard grading with fill dirt, will provide many benefits for you and your family.
You may not yet realize it, but your home can be at risk from water damage. It’s crucial your property has proper yard grading. Yard grading with fill done correctly can divert water and protect your home and family.
Yard Grading Options
A professional, can provide yard grading. You yourself can do some yard grading, if you have the right knowledge, tools and materials. You can achieve great yard grading results.
What is Fill Dirt?
Believe it or not, dirt can vary greatly, and there are different types for different uses. Fill dirt, sometimes referred to as subsoil, is the dirt found below topsoil. This material provides a stable foundation for any other dirt or structures that are on top.
Fill dirt is ideal for construction and grading. This soil contains a very low to non-existent amount of organic material. This material is ideal when solid foundations are specified. This material provides for solid ground work necessary for buildings and road construction.
Yard grading with fill dirt provides a base foundation that won’t shift or collapse over time.
When yard grading your property, fill dirt is a must. This material will provide solid grading and sloping on your property. While yard grading, you can fill gaps and holes on your property. This will provide for an enhanced landscape lawn. Fill dirt provides stable ground work for future yard grading.
How to Grade Your Yard
If you are having drainage issues with your yard, it’s time to adjust the grading to help address it. After a day or two, you can have drainage and water collection problems resolved and have your yard on the road to normalcy again.
What You’ll Need:
- Fill Dirt
- Top Soil
- Lawn Roller
- Wood Stakes
1. Begin by removing any plants away from the foundation. If you want to reuse your grass afterwards, make sure that you remove it in large square sections, and sit it aside with our plants until completion. The grass will reseed and spread again once you have returned it to where it was before.
2. Use your stakes in the ground around your yard to establish the proper slope line for the yard. Do this by placing the stakes in the ground, and create rows of stakes that go from your home to the edge of yard.
3. Take your string and run it along each row of the stakes you’ve put in, and bring the strings down to the ground level. Follow this by making the strings level on each row to match the height. You will need to raise the height of the strings slightly as they get closer to your home to create a slope that will drain the water away.
4. Now you should move on to establishing the grade. Raise the sections of string from the highest point in the yard and on towards the house. Every 10-foot section should be raised 2 ½ inches than the one before it, and onwards to the house. The final section of stakes closest to the house should be 6 inches taller than the previous section.
5. This is where the fill dirt comes in. Use the dirt to fill the space up to the string lines across the entire yard. This can be made easier by using the wheelbarrow to haul the loads to each section, and then use a shovel and rake to evenly spread it out. Once the dirt is placed, use a lawn roller to pack the dirt down.
6. Take your topsoil and add about 2 inches to the top of the fill dirt. Replace your grass, and use the lawn roller to pack it down again. Now you’re done!