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4 Steps to Take Before Starting Your Backyard Project

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Rough landscaping refers to any yard project you embark on involving rough textures and elements. Are you considering a yard project that will require you to dig, move dirt, or use heavy equipment? Then you'll need to figure out what rough landscaping tools and methods you will need.


1. Know What You Want

You can transform practically any yard into something new. When adding a feature or changing the landscape, you need a concrete idea of what you want. You can make a huge mistake if you start a project without knowing precisely what you want to do with your yard.


Your project may require specific tools, contractors, and considerations for rough landscaping. For example, your project can require one or more of the following rough landscaping activities:

  • Excavation

  • Grading

  • Soil compaction

  • Trench work


These tasks don't even cover all the different rough excavation services out there. Don't start on anything until you know exactly what you're aiming for.


2. Do Your Research

Take some time to research your particular project in-depth. Even if you plan on doing none of the work yourself, you should have an understanding of everything involved. Your research should also help you figure out what kind of budget you will need for the rough landscaping part of your project.


You can look things up online or speak with professionals. Look at tutorials and accounts of others who did similar work. Take down notes and ideas. Your research will help you figure out more about how you can implement your own project. You can also join forums and ask questions.


You also need to figure out what you will need. Your rough landscaping will require specific tools. For small yards, you can buy many of the tools you will need. These tools can include things you're probably already familiar with, like shovels and wheelbarrows. You may also need things you don't have a lot of experience with, like a hand level.


Larger yards and projects will require larger tools and equipment. You may need things like backhoes, excavators, tractors, or specialized equipment. If you lack experience with these types of equipment, start looking for contractors. Just grading and leveling the land requires expertise, and a mistake can come with disastrous consequences.


3. Speak to the Town About Your Plans

Your yard is your yard. However, your yard is also part of the overall municipality. Any large undertakings on your property can affect your neighbors or even the whole town. You need to contact your local works department to find out what kind of permissions you need for your project.


The larger the project and yard, the larger the possibility you can seriously damage something. Each town in Alabama has a public works department you can contact. Alabama law requires you to call 811 before doing any digging.


4. Hire the Right Contractors

Not all contractors can perform all rough excavation services equally. You can narrow your choice down to contractors with experience working your specific type of project.


A trench for yard drainage and a small pond can both require excavation. If you want a pond, you should go with the contractor who has pond experience. Choosing the wrong contractor can leave you with problems. Sometimes, those problems can become ridiculously expensive ones for you to fix.


The rough landscaping is only the first part of most yard projects. But if the grading, leveling, excavation, or other rough landscaping work isn't done properly, the entire project will likely fail.


When you know what you want and understand how the process works, you are ready to speak to professionals. At Able Hauling & Excavating, we have the equipment, expertise, and professionals to help you turn your yard into whatever you want it to be. Contact us today to learn more.