If your backyard is next to a field or undeveloped part of your property, you might wish you could claim part of that land for a yard expansion. If so, talk to a residential excavation contractor about what needs to be done so you can start using your land rather than let wild growth take it over. Here are some things the excavation contractor might need to do so you can turn the land into a suitable space for an expanded backyard.

Prepare For The Excavation

Before digging begins on your property, utility lines need to be marked and the excavation area needs to be determined. If any of the work will be near your property line, you might want a survey done. You'll also want to discuss your goals with the excavation contractor so they make a plan that gives you the results you want.

Remove Brush And Trees

The first step once work starts is to remove growth, such as shrubs and trees, from the soil. However, you can instruct the contractor to leave a few shade trees if you want. The contractor will follow your directions on what to do with the land. Brush and trees can be removed with heavy machinery and taken from your lot. The contractor can even remove stumps and big rocks that might be beneath the surface of the soil.

Prepare The Soil

If you want to hydroseed the soil or put in sod, the land has to be made ready. This could involve moving soil around so the land is level. The contractor can add soil where it's needed and take it out to remove small hills. However, the area may not be completely flat since the contractor also ensures the land has proper drainage.

Rain should flow away from your house. The contractor might accomplish this by grading the land so it has a slight slope. However, it might also be necessary to dig trenches for an underground drainage system to make sure the new yard doesn't flood or cause problems with standing water in other parts of your yard or near your home.

Add Fill Dirt And Topsoil

Depending on what you want to do with the cleared land, you might need to have soil added. Fill dirt helps level out the area and provide material for compaction if you want the land compacted for building an outbuilding or big shed. You might want topsoil brought in and spread around the area if you want to add sod later or plant grass seeds because you'll want good soil so you can grow a healthy lawn.