Why is Proper Grading Important?

Draining issues can be a homeowner’s worst nightmare. That’s when yard grading comes into play. Yard grading will not only help properly drain your yard, but it will also protect the structural integrity of your home. Keep reading to learn more about land grading and why it’s so important.

What is Land Grading?

Land grading is the process of leveling or changing the slope of your yard. It can involve terracing, retaining walls, and substantial earth moving. Dirt from higher up is moved into the lower parts of your yard to create a leveled surface to serve as a foundation for your project or move water away from your home’s foundation. For efficient drainage, paved surfaces should have a minimum of one percent slope. For turf and landscaped areas, these surfaces should have a minimum slope of 2 percent. 

Types of Grading

There are several types of land grading, and a professional landscaping company in MD will tell you the best type of grading for your property. Some of the most common types of land grading are:

Bobcat Machinery 

An experienced landscaper will use this piece of equipment to scoop and move dirt throughout your yard. They will then use different attachments to flatten and smooth out the new surface.


Sometimes getting the right grade means making a hole, not filling one in. Your landscaping company may dig down into the soil to create a low-lying area to properly drain the yard.

Drainage Solutions

Your yard can get the proper drainage by grading the land into a slope to carry water downhill and into a stream or runoff. You can also have drainage pipes installed into the ground.

Benefits of Grading

Grading your yard comes with a variety of benefits, including: 

Better Irrigation

Plants and lawns need good drainage. Good drainage means you have the optimal level of moisture for healthy plant growth, and a well-graded yard will ensure that optimal level of moisture.

Better Drainage

If your yard doesn’t have good drainage, it can lead to a wet, marshy surface. This leads to poor growing conditions. Grading will improve drainage and the soil condition of your yard. 

Protect Your Home’s Foundation

The slope of your yard affects your home’s foundation. Water flowing toward your home over time will weaken its foundation and negatively impact the integrity of your house. Grading will protect your home’s foundation.

Proper Grading With Vin’s Total Care Landscaping

Protect your yard and home by getting your land properly graded by the experts at Vin’s Total Care Landscaping. We have years of experience in landscaping and can advise you on the best slope for your yard to ensure proper drainage. 

Contact us now to request an estimate. 

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-Carmina Price

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