Ethical and Environmental Land Grading

Ethical and Environmental Land Grading

For property owners, whether residential, agricultural, commercial, or municipal, a critical step in many projects is land grading. If you need to complete this job before you can tackle the next phases of your project, it is worth taking some time to learn about ethical and environmental land grading. What is it - and why is it important to consider as you plan for the future of your property?


Land Grading 101


Land grading the process of leveling the surface of a section of land; you may have to move dirt from higher points to low lying areas or to bring in additional fill to achieve a level “playing field,” so to speak. The resulting piece of land can be flat or strategically sloped, depending on the needs of your project and the characteristics of the property. 


Grading is beneficial for a number of reasons. It provides a surface on which you can build, grow, landscape, or otherwise improve the functionality, appearance, and value of your property. Additionally, it:


  • Allows you to slope the land to divert water from the house or other structures
  • Helps prevent erosion
  • Improves surface drainage 
  • Reduces standing water on properties - which also reduces mosquito breeding
  • Improves the land’s ability to support healthy crops, plants, and landscaping


If you live in a relatively rainy area, sloping the land away from your home or buildings allows the water to drain off appropriately so you do not damage your foundations or waterlog the roots of your plants/flowers/crops. If you live in a dry area, you can do the same thing in reverse: grading the land allows the harder, baked clay-like soil to absorb the water and nourish the land.


Environmentally-Sound Land Grading


All of these are important to your project, but they also serve to improve the health of the land itself. By allowing water to flow optimally - avoiding flooding or standing water or exacerbating drought conditions - you give your landscaping and/or crops the best chance to survive and thrive. 


Conscientious contractors examine the environmental impact before pursuing land grading projects. They must also plan to reduce the loss of topsoil and prevent soil erosion that can occur with improper or ill-planned grading.

As well, when grading also involves some clearing of the land, several environmental and ethical concerns arise. For example, clear cutting or indiscriminate clearing strips the land of beneficial feeder roots and keeper trees, for example. It is not strategic, and it can do far more harm than good for the long-term health of the property.

Environmentally-sound clearing strategically removes non-essential elements (e.g. dead trees, unnecessary trees, organic debris, etc.) but maintains the integrity of the land. Not only that, it can improve the land by, as mentioned, preventing erosion, allowing healthy planting and landscaping, and even helping mitigate the spread of wildfires. 

Trust Garrett’s Landscape & Grading to Benefit Your Land


Garrett’s Landscape & Grading is passionate about helping property owners realize the full potential of their land. This means enabling them to continue important projects, of course - but it also means protecting, preserving, and nurturing the land itself. 


If you have a project in the works and need your land graded, go with the contractor who delivers the highest quality and service, as well as ethically- and environmentally- sound processes and results. Contact Garrett’s today - and let’s get to work.