Yard grading stops property damage that may be caused by water. Water should be draining away from the property. This saves extra costs to be incurred when doing repairs after such damages. Yard grading is the best for setting up construction or even making improvements to existing ones.
Hiring an expert with knowledge and experience is recommended especially if you are new to yard grading. Illustrated below are guides and steps to help you understand more about yard grading and how to implement it;
1.Plan Your Yard Grading
Identify the area you want to land grade. Do comprehensive underground research because there may be electric cables, internet cables, and water pipes passing at the intended site. Those are some of the potential challenges and should be dealt with first.
2.Use The Appropriate Land Grading Soil
Experts prefer high clay content dirt to be used when yard grading. Compared to other types of soils, clay is less porous, so water will not be running through it. It is also heavy meaning it does not erode easily. Big particles of soil and humus should be separated before spreading the dirt.
3.Choose the Right Materials and Tools for Land Grading
For small projects, you require a pair of gloves, a rake, a shovel, and a wheelbarrow. In the case of big projects, hire an excavator is necessary to provide more power.
4.Identify the terrain of the area
To know the terrain of your yard area run a tight string with a level on it starting from the lowest to the highest point. Then take all the measurements and do the marking. Water will start draining from the high points ending to the low points. Add some soil along the edge of the lowest points to reduce the speed of running water thus preventing washing away of the topsoil used for yard grading.
5.Compact Down the Dirt
If your land grading area is not very large, use a sheet of metal or plywood for this task. Place the sheet over the dirt and run a heavy material over it. This is done after pulling the dirt gradually from the high points to the lower points away from the structure. In case your area of work is large, hire a compressor to do the compacting.
Compacting the dirt does not only make the yard neat but it prevents dirt from blown away by wind and being eroded by water.
6.Plant the Required Grass
First, remove any old grass from the yard that is being renovated. Select the type of grass seeds you require depending on the of your area. Plant the grass carefully making sure that you do not dig much soil from the ground. Try and maintain ground level as much as possible. Use compound fertilizers like NPK at the planting time.
Keep the area watered always as the grass germinates. Spread hay on top of the grass seeds to maintain moisture.
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