How To Level a Backyard with Uneven Ground – Bumps, Holes, Lumps and Dips

How To Level a Backyard with Uneven Ground – Bumps, Holes, Lumps and Dips

There are many reasons why you would want to level your backyard. Maybe you just bought a new single-family home in a nice neighbourhood, but the backyard was in bad shape, with bumps, holes, lumps and dips all over the place. Maybe you have been looking to renovate and flatten your yard for a long time, but you were not sure that you could do it on your own, and you thought hiring a professional landscaper might be expensive, so you left it as it is. Levelling your yard is not a hard job if you are a DIY person with time on their hands. Neither is it expensive because the equipment you need can be hired on affordable daily rates.

Clear Site

The first step in levelling your backyard is clearing the ground of all rubbish, growths and obstacles that you don’t want. This includes removing litter, grass, bushes, shrubs, hedges, trees, leaves, any type of vegetation and grubbing up roots. Cart away the rubbish to a nearby dump. After clearing the site, remove big stones that are clearly visible and distorting the landscape.

If you have to dig up the vegetation and roots, make sure that you call the Dig Safe Number 811 in your state to get all utility operators to identify and mark the positions of underground services on your private property. Hitting a utility line in the course of digging is hazardous and you may be fined for the damage. To avoid problems with utility lines, dig safely and cautiously around the markings.

Clearing the site of all vegetation, shrubs, bushes etc, gives you a true picture of the natural ground and terrain. The terrain is the feature that we want to level, so you have to analyze its gradient or topography.

Setting Out Levels on Site with Profile Boards and Stringlines

Setting out levels on your backyard is easy because you already have existing structures like your house, garage, boundary fence, inspection chambers or street curb that you can use as a bench mark or reference point for marking the positions of horizontal and vertical lines. Horizontal lines are marked by stringlines made of nylon or cotton string, vertical lines (including corners) are marked by sharp wooden pegs or stakes which are hammered into the ground.

Drawing Fig 1 – Setting Out Levels_Levelling an Uneven Backyard

Drawing Fig.1 – Levelling Uneven Ground – Strip Level Cross Section Corner Profile and Stringlines

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