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A. Spruce
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dvhart wrote:

Thanks A Spruce. I will keep the forum posted of our progress.

You're very welcome. It sounds like quite the project you have planned, it should look amazing when you're finished. Definitely take before/during/after pictures, not only to share with us, but to keep for future reference. I can't tell you how many times I've wished I had pics of past projects to share with friends online buddies.

dvhart wrote:

We made a little home-brew water level today and found we have between 0 and 9 inches of soil to remove across the yard to accomplish the grading. Definitely going to have to plan for removing some of that off site :-)

Unless you want a perfectly flat yard, you could make some nice mounds or contours that will utilize the majority of the soil. I did this to my last house, though for differing reasons than yours. I had a couple tree stumps and it was easier to bury them than to dig them or grind them out. One mound was approximately 6' wide and 12' long with a pomegranate bush and a couple other green leafy things. Another mound had a couple oleanders planted on it. And yet another mound was once a huge tree that didn't survive a drought. Even though I did dig out most of that stump, we still mounded the area and then added an oak seedling. Each of these mounds were specimen focal points that also helped to reduce the amount of grass that had to be watered and maintained. At any rate, you could use the same technique to spend much of the excess dirt you'll have from your grading project. You may also have some space in the backyard to put some of the soil. I personally would try to do some interesting contouring and/or specimen points over hauling off dirt. The last tidbit is that as bad as your soil might be, what's underneath it could be worse. If this is the case, then scrape the top soil off to the side, remove the sub-soil, and pull the top soil back.

dvhart
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dvhart

Hello again. So hopefully you won't all think I'm a total cop-out. I decided to get some help on the grading (and I mean help - I did spend the entire day out with the guys and my back is still killing me, so I don't feel too bad). After what we uncovered, I'm very glad I got some help. I've written up the whole mess here:

http://dvhart.com/content/blog/dvhart/green_grass

And posted a few pictures here:

http://dvhart.com/content/front_yard_0

But just in case all you want is a quick glance, here is a before and after. There are still some plantings and some mulch, etc. to do, but we're well on our way.

Many thanks for all the sage advice!

dvhart
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dvhart

Here's an updated picture from April. Now we just have to wait for the plants to mature :-)

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A. Spruce

That's just a little bit of a difference, isn't it! Nice workl :cool: I'll have to go check out your blog on the project too.

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