How to Level Your Yard

by Admin on March 27, 2015

Whether you’re interested in preserving the integrity of your lawn by preventing it from eroding or you just want your kids to be able to play ball on your property, leveling your yard is an easy way to increase the value of your home while maximizing your family’s enjoyment of it.

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Once your lawn is level, you’re able to build decks or porches, install a pool or set up playground equipment, among other things. The kids will be able to run around without you worrying as much about them twisting an ankle or worse.

If your yard is sloped, don’t fret: It’s actually quite easy to level your lawn. Consider the following tips:

Find the Power Lines

First things first: Contact your utility company to tell them your plans. This will ensure you don’t accidentally shut off power, cable, the Internet or phone service to your home by disrupting wiring. Representatives of the company will come to your property, helping you identify the lines so you know which places to avoid.

Remove Rocks and Unwanted Vegetation

It’s probably in your best interest to remove as many noticeably sized rocks as you can prior to flattening out your lawn. That way, you’ll be able to create a softer, more inviting lawn. You’ll also want to remove all unwanted vegetation, ripping up roots where applicable. Dig up plants and flowers that you want to save and store them in a safe place. You’ll be able to replant them later.

Add Soil

Once you’ve primed the land, add the optimal amount of soil necessary to flatten out your lawn. You can put two different planks down on the soil and put a level on them to make sure the soil is relatively uniform. It’s important to remember that bigger jobs might very well require bigger machines. The good news is that there are plenty of places you can rent equipment to get the job done easily. Renting is fairly cheap, and it can also be a lot of fun to drive a Bobcat or Caterpillar front end loader around your yard as you take out a hill and add new soil.

Get a Lawn Roller

After the soil is down, use a lawn roller repeatedly to get the ground as flat as possible. Again, renting is the way to go, since you’ll hopefully only use this once. This will help the new soil integrate with existing soil beneath, forming one strong, cohesive layer of earth. It’s important to remember not overuse your lawn roller. You need to give plants and roots the ability to breathe, so to speak.

Water Appropriately

Now that you’ve leveled out the soil, it’s time to water it to help it become even more settled. During this process, you’ll likely notice that different areas might settle at different levels. You’ll have to repeat the lawn roller process again to smooth out the soil once more. Continue watering and rolling until the soil dries level.

Enjoy your property to its fullest potential. Leveling out your yard isn’t necessarily complicated, and it probably won’t break the bank. What it will do is take a lot of time and a lot of sweat, but in the end, the results will speak for themselves. You, your family and your guests will enjoy your property that much more.

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When you’re in the midst of moving to a new home or apartment, one of the first things you’ll want to ask about your potential residence is whether the area is prone to any pest problems. After all, there’s not much worse than moving into what you think is a brand-new, clean apartment- and then suddenly finding a cockroach infestation hiding behind your kitchen cabinets.

Before signing the dotted lines on a new lease, make sure to know what pests are common in your city. For example, big cities such as Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles tend to have rat problems; cockroaches and bedbugs are also typically found in big cities. In the South, meanwhile, you’re likely to encounter mosquitos, which are usually harmless but occasionally can cause residents to contract a mosquito-borne disease.

If you live out west, keep an eye out for spiders, scorpions, and ants, all of which thrive in hot, dry climates. Seattle has some of the more unusual pest infestations- slugs and sea lions. Slugs are sometimes found to be endemic in the Seattle area and can damage agriculture and gardens; sea lions, meanwhile, may be an adorable infestation, but they can take temporary ownership of docks and decks, potentially leading to hazards for boaters.

No matter where you live, encountering a few pests is inevitable. However, if you know what you’re up against, you can be prepared to defend your new home against pests that come your way.

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