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How to Level a Sloped Yard

leveling a sloped yard
Leveling a sloped yard is labor-intensive and, depending upon the slope, may be cost-prohibitive. You need to slope the yard away out of your house to prevent water from puddling against your foundation and ultimately getting into the home, but you can lessen the degree in the slope and boost the functionality from the yard having a retaining wall and fill dirt. Read our guide on how to level a sloping yard below.

How to Level a Sloped Lawn

  1. Set stakes each and every 10 feet, starting at your house and wrap these with twine. Adjust the twine so the yard slopes at the very least 6 inches for every ten feet of yard, sloping away from your house for appropriate drainage.
  2. Develop a retaining wall in the finish of one's property for the height determined by the final position of the twine. Use interlocking wall blocks so you don't need to use mortar. Set the first row of pavers inside a 4-inch deep, level trench and build the pavers up from the first row. Stagger the seams for strength. Backfill behind the retaining wall with dirt.
  3. Haul in the dirt to fill your yard towards the level determined by your twine stakes. Use fill dirt for the bulk of this job but use quality topsoil for the last six inches to promote healthy grass growth.
  4. Rake the dirt to smooth out the surface and remove clumps from the dirt.
  5. Compact the dirt having a lawn roller. Compacting the dirt now prevents uneven settling which may cause hills and valleys inside the yard.
  6. Seed or sod your new yard and water every day.