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Site work includes all of the bells and whistles you can't see, but these are the working parts of your landscape. Grading, drainage, tear-out—these jobs create a foundation for a beautiful landscape. Any project requires ground preparation and other site work before we can begin installing the "eye candy" elements.

We generally complete site work in the following order, which is subject to change to accommodate your design plan.


We convert landscape drawings to a site-specific plan, addressing last-minute discrepancies before we bring in our crews, equipment and supplies. Before breaking ground, you'll walk your site with one of our project foremen and a supervisor. They address any questions you might have before the project begins.


Chances are, your landscape design will eliminate portions of your existing landscape—perhaps the majority of it. Before we can install new, we must tear out the old. We're always careful to protect landscape elements and plants that will stay. Then we remove trees, stumps, old patios, retaining walls, mechanical systems, lawns, fences, swimming pools and ponds. (If you can think of anything else we should remove, we can take care of that for you as well!) All debris is hauled from your site. Green debris is recycled at a compost facility. Construction waste is disposed of properly, either recycled or transported to an appropriate site.

Excavation & Rough Grading

Earth moving and sculpting prepares land for a new patio, driveway, water feature, lawn or landscape bed. Not all landscapes require significant earth moving, but some do, especially properties with varying elevations. We must rough grade to create a workable foundation for new landscape features.


When drainage issues are ignored, water runoff and flooding can sabotage a landscape. All that time and money invested in improving your landscape is a waste if drainage matters aren't solved before construction. Unfortunately, drainage is the most overlooked part of the landscape design process. Drainage is necessary for proper water run-off whenever building any type of landscape structure, retaining wall, water feature, patio, path, you name it. Without drainage, your landscape can become submerged, lawns soggy and plant beds saturated. Waterlogged landscapes prompt a host of other disease issues. Lawn Lad proactively addresses drainage issues with each project and provides recommendations and solutions appropriate for your site and project. You can prevent all of these problems by simply including drainage in your landscape design process.


The working parts of your landscape lies beneath the surface. There's a network of pipes, plumbing, electrical wire and other "mechanicals" that power your water features, irrigation systems and low-voltage or line lighting. We take care to install these mechanicals carefully, running wires through sleeves that are sheltered under patios, walkways and walls. We work to secure all mechanicals so they are not disturbed when you enjoy your outdoor space.

Footers and Foundations

You must install a base or footer to prevent structures from shifting when the earth moves. Seasonal changes and freeze-thaw cycles cause movement that can crack patios and other hardscape structures. Retaining walls, walkways and all landscape surfaces require a strong foundation that will flex with the earth's movement. We may do this by installing poured concrete or compacted aggregate, depending on the project.

Now that your site work is complete, we can start on these other projects (in order): hardscape, irrigation system installation, special features, bed preparation, plant installation, lighting system installation and lawn installation.


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