Properly Regrading Your Landscape

Your yard may develop bothersome issues due to poor drainage which may detract from its aesthetics and reduce your family’s ability to enjoy the outdoors. However, some issues can lead to more than simply a blight. They can seriously harm your home and yard if they are not properly handled. Even a few drains can’t stop pooling water when it’s significant, so you might want to consider this if it applies to your yard.

Regrading, also known as yard leveling or lawn leveling, is the process of leveling out the ground to make room for the right amount of water. Water from irrigation or rain systems may pool or spill onto low areas or sloped yards, frequently in the direction of the home. Regrading, when done properly, can stop water from collecting and harming your home’s foundation and landscape. In this blog, we discuss how to properly accomplish this to keep your landscape in top form.

Signs Your Yard Might Need Regrading 

  • Water pooling around the perimeter of your home’s foundation. Pooling water could cause leaks or dampness giving mold the perfect growing environment in your home.
  • The appearance of lumps and bumps from tree roots, removal of shrubs or trees, utility work, or damage from animals. These mounds and ruts make it difficult to work or play in your yard and can damage your lawn equipment.
  • Pooling of water on your sidewalks or driveways. Water pooling in these areas can result in mold and mildew growth as well as cracks in the pavement.
  • Areas in your yard where mold or fungus tend to grow. Mold and fungus growth is a sign of consistent moisture. These areas can attract mosquitoes and other water-loving pests that are annoying and potentially dangerous to your family or pets.
  • Areas of your yard that may have become compacted over time from settling or repeated foot traffic. In these areas, you may find that no matter what you do, nothing grows. The soil has become inhospitable to grass or other plants.

The Process

Regrading a yard requires a fair amount of planning and preparation. The high point of the yard must first be located and marked by a contractor. Keep in mind this is the point at which the water begins draining in the wrong direction. They will then find the low spot, which is where the water is collecting (around the foundation of a home). Lastly, the “rise,” which is the vertical distance between high and low places, will be discovered.

The builder will establish the level grade line using these calculations. After the measurements are finished, specialized machinery will level the high points and add topsoil to the low points to produce a uniform surface.

Your cost for the regrading project will depend on how much preparation work needs to be done beforehand. The land must be accurately surveyed and measured before work can begin. Locating pipes and existing drains will be essential, as well as a careful estimation of the work’s scope. Remember that there can be unanticipated issues or modifications along the road, but the more prepared you are from the get-go, the better off your wallet will be.

Yard regrading may occasionally be carried out as a precautionary measure. In some cases, a home may have already sustained some degree of damage. When estimating your total yard regrading costs, be sure to include expenditures associated with home repairs. For instance, when the yard slope is fixed, any damage to a home’s foundation will need to be rectified to maintain that the house is up to code and to stop further damage.

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