Fixing the Grade

Submitted by Capstone Homes on Fri, 07/22/2022 - 8:00am
How to grade a yard for seeding

Yard grading is so much more than simply having a flat lawn! Proper grading ensures you have a yard and outdoor space — not to mention a site for building your home — that fits the needs of your family (and your dream house). Before construction begins, be sure to prioritize dirt work or grading. You won’t regret it.

Don’t Overlook Dirt Work

When most people think of the lot where they want to build their home, they focus on things like frontage, depth, and acreage — often so they can determine how the home will be situated on the land. However, dirt work should also be an important consideration in this process. You might need to move dirt and create earthen structures to help frame your property and establish a quality living area. Proper grading ensures that water doesn’t accumulate around the home. Alternatively, dirt mounds can be used to establish a tree line to enhance privacy and reduce sound.

Think Long Term

Even though you’re mainly focused on building your house at this stage, it’s important to think long-term when it comes to your dirt grading needs. Even if you aren’t planning to add other outdoor structures for several years, it’s still worthwhile to grade the land now. Having earthmovers level an area for a shed or other structure will give the flattened soil time to settle before you begin construction.

Dealing With Fill Dirt

Depending on your grading needs, you may need to bring in additional dirt, or you might find yourself digging out topsoil and fill dirt. Some homeowners bring in dirt to help create an improved outdoor experience for their property. Others find themselves needing to get rid of lots of dirt to install features like a swimming pool. Budgeting and planning for adding or removing dirt is an important consideration.

While our customers are responsible for their own grading and lawn seeding, our team can help you understand the basics so your land is ready for a new home. Contact our team today to learn more about getting started with your dream home!