Lot and Property Grading Services in Frederick County, Maryland
We specialize in grading lots and properties for proper drainage.
Properly grading your property is an important step when looking to install a new landscape, or a new lawn, a patio, a driveway, and more. Grading your property helps with drainage and can keep your property from turning into a swamp during spring thaw or during those heavy periods of rain.
Why Do You Need Your Property Graded?
- Do you have water leaking into your basement?
- Do you have water pooling up around your home when it rains?
- Are your gardens or lawn areas getting muddy?
- Does your property have lots of lumps and bumps you want to smooth out?
South Mountain Lawn & Landscape, Inc. is a landscaping contractor based out of Knoxville, Maryland and serving Frederick County and the surrounding area. We specialize in property grading services. Whether you’re clearing a site to build a new patio, or you want to clear out the brush on your property and reclaim lost land, or you’re getting ready to install a new lawn we can help prep and grade your site for proper drainage.
Property Grading Services
- Clearing driveways
- New lawn area grading
- Grading for hardscape installations
- Landscape material spreading
What To Know About Final Grading Your Property
#1. Grading For Proper Drainage
The primary reason for grading your property isn’t just to make everything level and uniform. The real purpose for grading is to provide proper drainage by sloping the grade away from your home or other out-buildings and landscape elements. This is called “positive” grading and it works to direct water away from your structure. If the grade is sloping towards your home this would be considered a “negative” grade and would lead to water pooling up around your structure which is not a good thing.
#2. Soil Conditions
The condition of your soil can make an impact on how your property is graded. Usually the layer of topsoil will need to come off to expose the soil underneath. This is where we use a machine to actually level and “shape” your property with the desired slope. If you have very hard clay-based soil (hardpan condition) then this will need to be addressed.
#3. Matching Existing Fixtures With The Final Grade
This is where it takes a little finesse and a lot of experience with property grading! You want to make sure your final grade matches your existing landscape fixtures. You don’t want to step off your back patio and drop down a foot onto your lawn. Ideally your property is graded so the final grade can match up with your existing fixtures but at the same time allowing for the proper slope to prevent water from pooling up and directing into a drainage ditch, swale, or other drainage system.
If you’d like to schedule a consultation with us to discuss grading your property we’d be happy to meet with you. Please call 301-834-4628 or fill out our online form and we’ll get right back to you.