Yard & Landscape Grading in Charlotte
Grading provides the very foundation for your entire landscape. Proper grading will allow you to maximize your landscape’s potential and offer necessary protection against drainage problems. For years, Hyatt Landscaping has worked closely with many builders, developers, and homeowners to provide expert land grading and drainage solutions in the Charlotte area. We use state-of-the-art equipment to ensure accurate measurements, and our equipment operators have an average of 20 years of experience, ensuring the job will be done correctly and efficiently! Schedule a consultation to discuss grading, drainage, and your ideal landscape with our Charlotte area landscaping experts!
What Is Grading?
Grading is the art of shaping the land around your home to increase usability and direct water flow. While primarily aimed at correcting or preventing drainage problems, you can also choose to grade your yard to create flat spaces or distinct levels for aesthetic purposes. Many factors must be considered before determining the final grade of a property, though none more important than allowing for proper drainage. To request a consultation for landscape grading in the Charlotte, Concord, or Waxhaw area, call us at (704) 888-5390 or contact us online!
Importance of Proper Grading & Drainage
If water does not flow away from a home or building, severe damage can be done to its foundation. Poor drainage in the lawn and planting areas will prevent intended vegetation from thriving. Grading and drainage are often necessary to:
- Prevent foundational problems caused by water.
- Keep paved walks and driveways clear and safe during and immediately after a rain.
- Prevent standing water or soggy, wet areas on your lawn after rain.
- Reduce damage to planting beds or other vegetative surfaces.
- Safely operate lawn equipment. Lawns should not exceed a 25% slope to safely use a mower.
- Improve access to your landscape. Even if walkways and sidewalks are part of your landscape, lawn areas are often used as a means of access and transition throughout your property.
In addition to allowing for proper drainage, it’s extremely important to create the best possible grade depending on the site’s intended use. Each element in the design of a property has a recommended percentage of slope. Not adhering to the correct slope can make areas unmanageable, unusable, and even unsafe. Grading can also enhance your property in several ways, including:
- Creating more level surfaces on your property that increase the potential for play and other outdoor activities.
- Better privacy and screening from undesirable on-site or off-site views. This can be done by building a flat area of land—or berm—and installing plant material.
- Providing defined edges between outdoor spaces. A small difference in elevation between one space and another makes each seem like a distinct place.
Need grading completed at your Charlotte area home? Contact our landscaping experts today!
We have been serving property owners in Charlotte, NC and nearby areas since 1980.
How to Determine the Right Slope for Drainage
Proper landscape grading is necessary in Charlotte and surrounding areas, given our relatively wet climate. As a rule of thumb, you want your land to slope at a 5% grade away from your house (for example, a slope of six inches per 10 feet). Walkways need to be graded with a maximum slope of 5% in mind. If the fixed elevations will not allow this transition, steps or ramps should be installed or created. Slopes that are too extreme will direct water where you want it, but could cause overwatering or erosion in other places and make the lawn hard to enjoy.
Professional Landscape Grading Services in Charlotte
Hyatt Landscaping offers a full array of services in and around Charlotte, including drainage and irrigation. Our landscape installation team can grade your lawn and property for style and function. By choosing our team, you’ll get to work with experts who offer several options that will make your grading and drainage fit seamlessly into your landscape, including:
- French drains, swales, gutter drainage, and other features to improve drainage performance.
- Installation of berms and shrubs to make the yard more three-dimensional and increase privacy.
- Hardscaping such as sidewalks and paver pathways can make it more comfortable to walk on graded slopes.
- Turf, shrubs, and trees that can be selected and planted with water needs and drainage lines in mind.
To talk about grading and drainage in your Charlotte, Concord, or Waxhaw area home, call us today at (704) 888-5390!
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Choose the licensed experts at Hyatt Landscaping to take care of grading and drainage for your Charlotte area home. We use laser levels to read elevations and determine the proper grade needed for your project. Call (704) 888-5390 to discuss grading services with the award-winning team at Hyatt Landscaping, or contact us online today! Hyatt Landscaping is a licensed North Carolina Landscape Contractor serving Charlotte, Weddington, Matthews, Monroe, Huntersville, and the surrounding communities. We provide a full spectrum of services including landscape installation, hardscapes, lighting, irrigation, and more!
Frequently Asked Questions About Grading Services
A proper solution is best found by first figuring out precisely where the problem areas are. From there, a grading plan can be determined by taking proper measurement and shooting existing elevations. The final solution almost always involves various types of equimpent, along with some element of hand-work to make adjustments to grade. The process can be quite involved, which is why it’s best to call on an experienced landscaping contractor when you need grading services.
The temptation to DIY a landscaping job is an understandable one, and we encourage homeowners to learn more about how to care for their landscape. However, adjustments to your grade can prove to be a fairly heavy task. Typically performed using heavy machinery and cutting-edge measurement tools, the likelihood of anyone getting it just right is limited to the tools, knowledge and experience available to whoever is performing the task. Additionally, improper grading can lead to drainage issues that can endanger your landscape and may result in serious home damage. In short, do not try to regrade your own yard!
For grading in areas that require better compaction, claylike soil is best, as it is less porous and less prone to settling. Organic matter-rich topsoil is the best choice for topping landscape grading. Loose topsoil that has been set into place and compacted just enough is ideal for grass growing, future plantings, and planning out your softscape.
Absolutely, yes. One of the most common uses of yard grading is find low spots and either add soil or cut swales to direct water away…sometimes both. Correcting these can help the look and health of your landscape, and can also help in mitigating pest nesting like mosquitoes, flies, and gnats.
Our team takes yard grading and regrading seriously. Not only are our landscaping professionals extensively trained, but we also utilize cutting-edge tools like laser measurement tools and heavy machinery to make the process both swift and precise. We offer landscape grading that focuses on improving drainage, leveling areas for plantings or hardscape, and grading to correct severe sloping and soil erosion.
While it’s not impossible, we take every precaution possible to avoid hitting any utility lines, including communicating with utility companies to confirm the location of lines. As long as accurate records have been kept, everything will be fine and we’ll be in and out without any headaches.