Grading Above Flood Plain, Gravel Driveway and Grass Seed

Grading Above Flood Plain, Gravel Driveway and Grass Seed

The grader has finished. The lot is above flood plane and everything angles away from the house.

Pushing soil up to the edges of the cement - Grading Above Flood Plain, Gravel Driveway and Grass Seed - Project Small House
Pushing soil up to the edges of the cement

The grader pushed the dirt up to the edges of the new concrete.

The grader marked where the driveway should be - Grading Above Flood Plain, Gravel Driveway and Grass Seed - Project Small House
The grader marked where the driveway should be

There was gravel everywhere.  The grader measured for where the gravel driveway was supposed to be.

The paint he marked the driveway with - Grading Above Flood Plain, Gravel Driveway and Grass Seed - Project Small House
The paint he marked the driveway with

He marked it with this spray paint. It sprays upside-down.

The grader scraped up the gravel from where it had been scattered - Grading Above Flood Plain, Gravel Driveway and Grass Seed - Project Small House
The grader scraped up the gravel from where it had been scattered

He scraped up the gravel from wherever it had been scattered to. He got a lot out of the ditch on the side of the driveway. It didn’t take long at all to make a great driveway.

The grader had saved the top soil when he first scraped the ground to start the house. He also had all of the dirt from the giant footers. We still had to buy two more loads of fill. Then he pushed the saved top soil over it. The field was a cow pasture for years and years. This should be some pretty good soil.

Raking to remove the larger rocks - Grading Above Flood Plain, Gravel Driveway and Grass Seed - Project Small House
Raking to remove the larger rocks

The young man with him raked the rocks off the surface. The red soil is some of the stuff we bought. It has more clay in it, so he used it where it is important that the soil not wash away.

The back and side, graded with grass seed and hay - Grading Above Flood Plain, Gravel Driveway and Grass Seed - Project Small House
The back and side, graded with grass seed and hay

They threw down some grass seed, then scattered hay over it.

The back and the other side, graded with grass seed and hay - Grading Above Flood Plain, Gravel Driveway and Grass Seed - Project Small House
The back and the other side, graded with grass seed and hay

The weather has warmed up. The ground is still damp. Perfect grass-growing weather.

Spreading the last of the topsoil, scattering the last of the seed and hay - Grading Above Flood Plain, Gravel Driveway and Grass Seed - Project Small House
Spreading the last of the topsoil, scattering the last of the seed and hay

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