A leveled backyard is a great way to make your property more usable. There are several different ways you can get the job done, each with their own benefits and drawbacks. The good news is that there’s no wrong answer! In this guide, we’ll cover the three most popular methods for leveling your yard so you can choose which one is best for you.
There are two main reasons you may want to level your yard. Firstly, you may have a sloped section that you want to make more usable. Secondly, you may have bumps and lumps in your yard that make it unattractive and difficult to mow.
In this guide, we’ll cover the three most popular methods for leveling your yard so you can choose which one is best for you.
How to Level a Backyard
Regardless of the method you choose, you’ll want to set some goalposts for how level you want your yard. Insert wooden stakes around the perimeter of your yard, connect with string (at the height you want the soil) and ensure the string is level using an electric or spirit level. You can also criss-cross the string arcoss the section for extra precision. The aim will be to get your soil in line with the string.
Method One: Fill in Bumps and Lumps with Topsoil
This method is quick but requires a lot of dirt. You might need to call in some outside help if you have an especially large area that needs filling or are unsure how much topsoil will be needed to do the job at hand. Allowing professionals to take care of things like moving heavy objects also helps ensure safety while working on sloped areas. The upside? This option doesn’t require any special tools, and it’s often cheaper than other options because all of the materials can be provided by the contractor.
Method 2: Dig up the Top Soil and Redistribute with a Shovel
This method is best for those who just have a few bumps and lumps in the yard. This technique can be done by one person, but it’s important to note that this option could take some time if you’re using a shovel alone. The upside? You might not need any outside help or special tools from professionals because all you need is manual labour.
Method Three: Fully Re-grade Your Yard with a Digger
If you have large sloping areas, a shovel and wheelbarrow might not cut it. This method involves using a small digger and likely the help of an expert. Use this option if the entire yard needs to be leveled. The upside? You can get your yard to a level playing field and it’s an option if you have a very large yard.
Once you have a nice level backyard, you’re going to want some grass. It’s important that you let your lawn dry out before planting on top of it, or else water will pond in certain areas instead of draining evenly throughout the yard.
For new grass, you have the options of planting seeds or rolling out pre-grown turf. The advantage of planting seeds is that you can pick the type of grass and it’s a cost-effective option. The disadvantage is that it takes up to three months before your new lawn will be ready. Pre-grown turf, on the other hand, comes with an instant green appearance and is installed in one day but costs more money than planting seeds would take at least two weeks before it starts producing deep roots.
The most common grass types in Australia are rye grass and zoysia. Rye is a cool-season type of grass which means that it will grow well during the winter months but will struggle to survive long, hot summers as it goes dormant when temperatures rise above 27 degrees Celsius. Zoysia on the other hand can tolerate more heat than rye because its native habitat was hotter.
Some other popular ways to cover the surface of your lawn or backyard include using concrete pavers or laying bricks for garden paths between flowerbeds while making sure you have adequate drainage around each one so that water doesn’t pool underneath them. An easy way to make sure there’s good drainage throughout your yard is by creating contours with dirt where water can run off and into the ground.
A slope of four inches for every foot is considered a gentle incline, meaning you won’t have to worry about flooding if it rains because water will easily flow down this type of hill without gathering at any one point or pooling at the bottom. A steep slope means that there’s going to be more than four feet in height between two points on your yard which could lead to potential problems with heavy rain like erosion and flooding.
If someone lives in an area where they’re prone to floods then they may want to consider using permeable surfaces such as crushed stone, gravel, pervious concrete pavers or porous paving stones.
Yard Leveling FAQ
How much does it cost to level a backyard in Australia?
The average price in Australia for the service is between $700 and $1200. However, most companies will charge according to square meters or per hour.
How can I save money leveling my backyard myself?
If your yard isn’t too big then removing all weeds and dirt which has washed into one spot may help reduce costs because you won’t need to pay for the labour involved in clearing up the section.
How can I level my yard cheaply?
The cheapest way to level a yard is by using stakes, string, a spirit level, shovel, and wheelbarrow. You may also need some extra soil to fill in holes and a couple of friends to help you.
How can I level my backyard quickly?
The quickest way to level a yard is by using the services of a professional landscaper with heavy machinery.