Landscape Excavation: Why Grading Is a Must for Planting

Proper land grading can be tricky at best and nearly impossible without the right machines and tools. The potential problems that can arise from improperly preparation of the terrain for planting can also become nightmares for homeowners—particularly those who love to garden. An experienced landscape excavation contractor can ensure that your client’s Dana Point, CA, site has been graded to maximize the planting options, while minimizing any future problems.

Land Grading

After excavating the rocks, tree stumps, and other undesirable debris from land clearing, land grading is the crucial next step. This is the process of removing dirt from areas that are too high to fill in areas that are too low. Most homes and other complementary buildings are situated on the highest point of a property, both to maximize the views and to reduce any potential drainage problems. So a pivotal step in land grading is to establish a strong foundation for a future home, with a smooth base also in place for the future landscape.

Importance in the Excavation Process

Landscape Excavation: Why Grading Is a Must for Planting

Damaging water drainage issues result when land has not been properly graded. Creating a landscape free of sharp elevations can establish the ideal base. Potential problems can include water pooling near the base of the home when it rains. This can lead to damage of the foundation. The water could eventually find its way into the walls of a basement or crawl space, which can lead to mold growth and costly repairs for the harm it causes. Improper drainage can also harm retaining wall blocks and potentially cause the wall to fail. Pool decks and other buildings can deteriorate from constant water flowing to the wrong places.

Landscape Problems

If water can erode the foundation of a home, think about what it can do to the landscape plantings. If there are low spots in the lawn where water sits, the grass will die. Soggy beds of well-planned shrubs and flowers can rot and die when the water does not drain off. Standing water brings any number of undesirable insects like mosquitoes and flies, which breed in the water. Accurate grading can provide plants and trees with the moisture they need without pooling water.


Precise Grading

Exact landscape grading cannot be done by sight alone. For a gorgeous architectural plan to thrive, it must begin with a properly graded site. The slope must be gradual and slanted away from the home site at the right angle. Any retaining walls and pool decks need the water to drain away, as well.

When your reputation for creating engaging, flourishing landscape designs is riding on the right excavation and grading of a property, enlisting a professional, experienced contractor makes sense. Walking the site with someone who knows land grading can help you evaluate the environmental factors that could affect your design. Establishing a great working relationship with the excavation company can ensure you’ll be alerted to any problems so that you can resolve them for your client before the trees and plants go into the ground.


Drainage that moves water away from the home, adjacent buildings, and any other structures is a key component of successful landscape architectural planning. The simple step of enlisting a grading contractor can ensure that your project is a success every time.