New Gardener? Choose Your Flowers Carefully

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Landscape Excavation: 3 Signs Your Landscape Needs To Be Graded

Sonia Scott

Property landscaping allows you to beautify your yard by installing visually appealing elements such as trees, flowers, walkways, retaining walls, stairs, patios, and many more. However, it is also an opportunity to fix a poorly graded landscape. Improper grading can hinder your landscaping efforts or even present costly problems in the future. Therefore, before you undertake any outdoor projects, check out these signs that indicate your landscape has poor grading and should be fixed.

Incorrect Elevations on the Property

Incorrect elevations refer to instances where portions of your property are too flat or raised in an unappealing manner. These elevations can prevent you from planting trees and shrubs and installing hardscape elements on the property. Landscaping on a property with incorrect elevations can diminish the curb appeal of the outdoor space. 

This is why it's essential to move around the soil and make elevation changes to the property. A grading contractor can assess the yard and come up with an ideal plan to excavate it and create a functional space for landscaping and hardscaping.

Pooling Water and Drainage Issues

Does water often pool in certain portions of your yard? If so, you may want to regrade. Planting trees or installing outdoor elements in a yard with drainage issues can be disastrous in the long run. The pooling water hinders plant growth due to waterlogging. It also becomes an eyesore in your property, and it can even create breeding grounds for mosquitoes. To fix pooling and drainage issues, you have to regrade the land. 

The contractor will excavate the landscape to create suitable slopes that will allow water to flow smoothly away from the yard. They will also ensure that water drains away from the foundations of any existing structures to prevent foundation damage.

Tightly Compacted Soil

Grading may be necessary if your yard has tightly compacted soil. This problem usually occurs due to the following actions:

  • Use of heavy machinery that compacts the soil and makes it unsuitable for landscaping
  • Over-tilling the earth, which breaks the soil into small compact particles
  • Heavy foot traffic in the yard

Compaction causes soil particles to compress tightly together, and this can hinder landscaping. For you to plant trees, grow vegetables, or even install hardscapes, you have to loosen the soil. This can be done during grading. However, if you use heavy machinery such as excavators, make sure they don't recompress the soil.

Landscape grading is more than just using an excavator to move soil around. Poor grading is just as bad as no grading. Thus, instead of doing it yourself, hire a landscaping expert for professional grading services.

To learn more, contact a site work contractor.


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New Gardener? Choose Your Flowers Carefully

As a child and teenager, I watched my mother garden, although I wasn't interested in it at the time. I later learned that I had missed out on learning the craft because before I planted my first garden, I thought it would be so easy! Once I finally had a yard of my own, I was eager to plant some beautiful flowers in the yard and do other landscaping work. Unfortunately, I learned a hard lesson and none of things I planted survived more than a few weeks, even though I watered them daily. I gave my mother a call and asked her what could have gone wrong, and I learned that plants have to be chosen carefully. Check out this blog to learn more landscaping plant tips.