Sitework & Light Grading
SiteworkSitework is defined differently by different people. For some, it is as simple as chopping the trees and trimming the grass. But in its broadest sense, sitework is any work done to prepare the land for building a structure. Some of these works are done before the actual construction, while some are accomplished when the structure is already built.
Chopping the trees as well as trimming the grass is a before-work type of sitework. Besides this, digging the foundation hole and installing the foundation are sometimes also included in the sitework. Building the septic system or hooking it up to the municipal sewer is also part of the sitework. Even drilling a well or connecting to the local water utility provider is part of this. All these mentioned works are ideally done before commencing the construction job. Installing the driveway, walkway and landscape is mostly done after completion of the sitework.
Technically speaking, light grading is a part of the sitework. But this is an extra important part of the job that deserves a special part in our list of services.
Light GradingGenerally, land/landscape/lawn grading is closely examining the soil, land and area to see if these are ready for the planned landscape design. If not, then the grading is done to determine the possibilities and limitations in the area. The actual examination is followed by adjusting the landscape elements to make them more appropriate for the plan or at least, be safer and more comfortable.
Light grading, as its name implies, is the simpler kind of grading. For example, soil testing has to be included if the landscape plan includes taming of plants that require special type of soil. Soil in the USA is usually deficient in alkaline, acid, salt and iron. Our expert gardeners are well trained in different techniques to transform a clay soil, for example, into a perfect fertile soil.
The land's evenness is also checked in light grading. Uneven land can be disastrous especially if the slope is perfect for a land-based basin of rainfall. This light grading technique is often necessary as preparation for building the patio, garden or retaining walls. Mini excavator, skid loaders and similar mid-sized equipment are typically involved in light grading.