Dirt work/Land Clearing

Dirt work is the first step in building any new construction. It is literally laying the foundation for the foundation! The ground must be prepared appropriately in order to avoid shifting ground (which can crack the concrete foundation), rainwater drainage problems, and tree roots that get in the way of underground utilities.

Here is just a small sample of the many applications of dirt work:

  • Land clearing.  Land clearing removes all vegetation from the topsoil. This may include tree removal as well, and when followed up with root raking and stump removal, the likelihood of plants growing back in the area diminishes. Land clearing is useful not only for preparing a building site, but for clearing hunting trails, creating easements and even clearing land that is intended for a farm, garden or orchard.
  • Land grading. There’s a reason why houses and barns are built on a property’s highest point: they are less likely to flood in heavy rains. But when the property has no natural hills or is in a low-lying area to begin with, land grading ensures that the water flows away from the building pad or foundation and helps to stabilize the soil. Whether you’re planning to build a house, barn, garage or shed, proper land grading will save you from many headaches in the future.
  • Creating a construction entrance or driveway.  Dirt work is also useful for creating a construction entrance or preparing the land for a new driveway. This involves clearing the land of vegetation, packing down the soil and grading it if necessary to prepare it for gravel and heavy loads.