Before getting into our discussion, as always, we need to get on the same page about what grading or leveling your yard means.
According to Wikipedia, grading or leveling in landscape architectural construction is the work of ensuring a level base, or one with a specified slope.
Most experts would agree that leveling your yard isn’t the most exciting landscaping task. But grading is one of the most important steps in creating a beautiful yard for the following reasons:
- It’s a critical step in landscaping or construction projects.
- It helps prevent damage to your foundation.
- It provides an aesthetically pleasing and safer yard!
Preparing for Landscaping or Construction Projects
In preparation for landscaping or construction projects, grading is needed. For example, the Environmental Protection Agency provides slope regulations for installing things like new driveways and walkways. Creating and maintaining the correct slope allows water to drain away from the house’s foundation. (See the next section to find out why it’s important for water to drain away from the foundation).
In addition, you can’t build on uneven ground. Therefore, you need to remove surface bumps and dips prior to embarking on a project. These earth formations aren’t suitable for landscaping, building, or even walking on. (See the last section to learn more about why leveling is important for yard safety). Uneven surfaces must be rectified prior to building. Level surfaces provide a stable and productive environment.
Prevents Foundation Damage
Rain or snow water that is not on a level ground moves downhill because of gravity. Proper grading ensures water drains away from your home’s foundation. Water running up against your home could cause basement flooding or create foundation cracks. Basement flooding must be taken care of immediately, as it could causes mold and other water damage to your property. Cracks make your foundation unstable and must also be repaired. Depending on the severity, these repairs could prove costly.
Additionally, good drainage allows moisture levels around your home’s foundation to remain consistent. This reduces foundation settling, which can re-crack repaired cracks that previously occurred in your foundation.
Provides an Aesthetically Pleasing and Safer Yard
Even if you’re not starting a landscape or construction project, leveling your yard may be needed to create an aesthetically pleasing and safer environment.
A level lawn is typically healthier and easier to maintain. Why? Because holes and dips in the lawn creates water pools. Stagnant water increases the chance of lawn disease and harmful insects. Finally, without the bumps and dips in your yard, you can increase the quality of the cut and mow the lawn quicker.
Finally, the last thing you want is for a visitor to trip and fall due to an unseen dip in your yard. Leveling will remove this hazard. Leveling and grading will also prevent erosion. By preventing erosion, the ground in your yard will be firm, which makes it safer to walk on.
Don’t forget if you want to grade/level your lawn for any of the reasons discussed above, make sure you contact a professional!