How do we get our backyard flat for a patio and ready for plants?
May 5, 2005 10:47 AM Subscribe
We have a gently sloped backyard and we want to put in a patio. We think we can handle the patio thing ourselves (following instructions out of a book) but (being totally urban and having never had a yard before) we have no clue how to level the ground and prepare the garden area.
posted by izizi to Home & Garden (12 answers total)
We'd like to hire someone to level it, but when I call "landscapers" and "gardeners" out of the phone book they are not interested in simply leveling the ground. So, is there a specific specialty name for this work (ie, plumbing is to water pipes as ______ is to making our yard flat)?? What is the best way to find someone inexpensive to do this? Is there a machine someone needs that I need to reference if I put in a Craigslist ad? And, is there anything special we have to do to prepare the area we hope to garden in (ie, do we have to dig out all the hard packed dirt and put in some kind of special soil?) Obviously we are completely naive about all things yard and are in dire need of help! Thanks!