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Finish Grading

Finish Grading

Ensuring Level and Smooth Surfaces

Why Finish Grading Is Important

Finish grading is a critical step in the excavation process that involves shaping and leveling the ground to achieve a smooth and even surface. It is essential for various purposes, such as the installation of lawns, driveways, walkways, or the preparation of construction sites. When on the job, our company grades the terrain, taking into consideration factors like slope, drainage, and soil composition, to create an optimal foundation for further development.

The benefits of our finish grading services are numerous. First and foremost, it ensures proper water drainage. Through careful evaluation of the site, we establish the appropriate slope and contour to guide water flow away from structures and prevent water pooling or erosion issues. This promotes healthy soil conditions and prevents potential damage to foundations or landscaping.

Additionally, finish grading prepares the surface for various installations. Whether it's laying down a new lawn, constructing a patio, or installing a driveway, a level and well-prepared surface are crucial for successful and long-lasting results. Our precise grading techniques create an even base, minimizing uneven settlement and improving the stability and longevity of the structures or features to be built.

The aesthetics of your property are greatly enhanced by our finish grading services. A smooth and level surface provides a clean and polished appearance, making your landscape more visually appealing. It also facilitates easier maintenance and upkeep of outdoor spaces, such as mowing the lawn or maintaining proper drainage.

Benefits of Finish Grading

Finish grading and rough grading are two distinct stages in the process of preparing a lawn or landscaping area. While rough grading focuses on initial land shaping and contouring, finish grading refines the surface to achieve a smooth and level base. The benefits of finish grading over rough grading include:

  • Enhanced Aesthetics: Finish grading creates a polished and visually appealing surface. It eliminates bumps, depressions, and unevenness, resulting in a smooth and even landscape. This aesthetic improvement enhances the overall appearance of the lawn or landscaping area.

  • Improved Functionality: A level surface achieved through finish grading ensures proper water drainage and prevents water pooling. It facilitates even distribution of irrigation and prevents erosion or soil saturation issues. This functional improvement creates a more efficient and sustainable landscape.

  • Optimal Sod or Seed Establishment: Finish grading provides an ideal foundation for sod or seed installation. The level surface allows for even distribution of soil, nutrients, and water, promoting uniform germination and growth. This improves the success rate of establishing a healthy and vibrant lawn.

  • Easier Maintenance: A smooth and level surface makes lawn maintenance tasks, such as mowing, edging, and irrigation, easier and more efficient. It minimizes the risk of uneven mowing patterns and simplifies the process of maintaining a well-manicured lawn.

  • Long-Term Stability: Finish grading helps minimize settlement and uneven settling of the ground, ensuring long-term stability for structures, hardscapes, and other landscape features. This reduces the risk of damage or shifting caused by uneven terrain.

  • Increased Property Value: A well-graded and visually pleasing landscape enhances the curb appeal and value of a property. A professionally finished grade can make a significant difference in the marketability and overall attractiveness of a residential or commercial property.

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Should You Sod or Seed Your Finish Graded Lawn?

Sodding and seeding are two common methods of establishing a lawn, each with its own advantages and differences. Here are the key points to consider:

Advantages of Sodding:

  • Instant Results: Sod provides an instant lawn as it is essentially mature grass that has been grown on a separate soil layer. Once installed, you have an instant, green lawn without waiting for seeds to germinate and grass to grow.

  • Immediate Use: Sodded lawns can be used almost immediately after installation. You can walk, play, and enjoy your lawn without concerns of damaging newly seeded areas.

  • Erosion Control: Sod helps control soil erosion, especially on sloped areas, as the established grass roots hold the soil in place.

  • Weed Control: Sodding reduces the chances of weed growth, as the mature grass covers the soil and limits weed establishment.

Advantages of Seeding:

  • Cost-Effective: Seeding is generally more cost-effective than sodding, especially for larger areas. The price of grass seed is significantly lower compared to purchasing sod.

  • Variety: Seeding offers a wider variety of grass species and cultivars to choose from. This allows you to select a grass type that suits your specific needs, such as shade tolerance, drought resistance, or aesthetic preferences.

  • Customization: Seeding allows you to customize the lawn's appearance and composition by selecting specific grass varieties and creating unique blends.

  • Adaptability: Seeded lawns tend to adapt better to the existing soil conditions. The grass develops its root system over time, adapting to the specific soil characteristics of your property.

Differences between Sodding and Seeding:

  • Time: Sod provides an instant lawn, while seeded lawns require time for the seeds to germinate and grass to establish. Sodding gives you immediate results, whereas seeding requires patience and regular maintenance to achieve a fully established lawn.

  • Installation: Sod installation involves laying pre-grown grass rolls on a prepared soil surface. Seeding requires preparing the soil, spreading the seeds, and providing proper care for seed germination.

  • Maintenance: Sodded lawns require consistent watering, mowing, and maintenance during the establishment phase. Seeded lawns require similar care, but additional attention is needed to protect the delicate seeds and ensure successful germination.

Choose the method that best suits your needs, budget, and timeline. Simmons Contracting can assist you with either sodding or seeding, providing professional guidance and expertise to help you achieve a beautiful and healthy lawn. Contact us today to discuss your lawn establishment project and let us assist you in making the right choice.


Let our experienced team exceed your expectations. Get in touch with us now for a free consultation and quote!

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