We Can Teach You How To Level A Yard For A Patio (DIY Steps w/ Videos)

Are you thinking about putting in a patio in your backyard?

Are you planning to do this yourself?

Do you want to learn how to level a yard for patio installation?

Having a level space for your patio is very important, and it is the first step toward getting you set up with the backyard area of your dreams. In this article, we’ll walk you through the process of leveling your yard so you don’t have to worry about whether or not it’s prepared and ready for your patio to be installed properly.

Here are a few reasons why you might want to do this:

  • A level patio is less likely to have a leaking or flooding problem when it rains.
  • If your patio is too uneven, your furniture won’t sit on it properly and may slide around more during wind than it would otherwise.
  • An uneven patio can be a fall risk for anyone who is a little unbalanced, like older or younger members of the family.

Whatever your reason for wanting your patio to be level, you’re in the right place. Read on to learn more about how to accomplish this important step in the patio process.

Materials

You won’t need a lot of heavy-duty materials to get started on leveling the ground in your yard for a patio or a walkway. This is the first step in the overall patio laying process, and it’s a little bit simpler than the second half of the project. With that said, however, you should be sure you have the following items handy before you begin:

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  • Wood plank for measuring purposes
  • Spray paint
  • Stakes and ropes for marking the perimeter (optional, but recommended)
  • Black mesh garden fabric
  • Shovel
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Paver base
  • Tamping tool
  • Level
  • Yardstick, ruler, or measuring tape
  • Safety gear (gloves, goggles, sturdy shoes, etc.)

Steps

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These are the simplest steps out there when it comes to leveling out your yard for patio installation purposes. This is the same process you can expect to use whether your yard is already fairly flat or you have a lot of hills, rocks, or roots to deal with. Just keep in mind that you are also going to have to move anything out of the way that may cause a problem along the way, such as larger rocks or plants in your backyard.

NOTE: It is crucial to make sure you get permits as required by your county, city, or township before you get started on a project like this. Even just leveling your yard could go badly wrong if you don’t know where the water main is in your yard, and if you have a gas line, you could end up causing a lot of harm accidentally. Because of this, you absolutely must go through the proper channels to legally and safely install your patio. Take the time to get the permits you need before you begin and you’re sure to save yourself on headaches in the long run.

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    The first thing you need to do is determine where you’re going to be putting your patio. Is it going to back right up to the house, or are you going to put it out in the yard somewhere instead? If you use the house or an existing structure of any kind as framework for the location of the patio, you may be able to keep things a little bit more even, but this is entirely up to you.
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    Use a wood plank to create a straight line as needed to help you determine the size and shape of your patio. Spray paint your grass on the outside of the wood plank to mark the area where you need to be working.
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    Start by loosening the grass and topsoil with a shovel or spade. This may be a long process, but take your time and get everything nice and loose before you continue.
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    Use a shovel to dig out the area where the patio will be located. You may want to use stakes and ropes to lay out the perimeter before you get started, or you can eyeball it—just be sure you keep things even and measure as you go.
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    From there, lay down a piece of black mesh garden fabric to allow for plenty of drainage underneath your patio. This will make it easier for water to seep through the paving base and into the ground below, and it will prevent you from having issues with flooding damage to your patio in the future.
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    Next, lay the paver base. This may be a product you have purchased specifically for use as a paver base, or it may be some other type of sand or soil. Whichever you choose, spread it out at a depth of four inches evenly all the way around the area where you’re going to be putting your patio. Use your level to make sure it’s even. You may also want to use a yardstick or ruler to be sure you have the depth you’re looking for all the way around.
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    Using either a compacting tool or the back of a shovel, tamp down the ground until it is at a depth of more like three inches. This will make it more secure and less likely to cause any slipping around as you continue with the patio leveling and laying project.
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    Congratulations! You have just completed leveling your yard and laying down a paver base. This is a great first step toward completing your patio project, and it’s sure to go a long way toward helping you have the patio of your dreams.
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    Keep in mind that this same technique can be used for walkways and paths as well as just about any other type of flat surface in your backyard. This is also the same method you would use for bricks, concrete slabs, tiles, or any other type of variation on the paver, too.

Conclusion

Did you learn a little bit about how to level your yard? When you’re getting ready to put in a patio or a walkway, it’s very important to make sure you have the yard leveled off before you begin laying anything. Of course, it can take some time to get this job done right, but with a little practice, you should have no trouble getting a perfectly level space in your yard for your patio.

But how can you know you’ve done the job right? The best way to determine whether or not your patio space is level before you continue is to use your level to check various points across the area. You may also use a plank of wood that you sweep back and forth across the surface to smooth out any rough patches.

Triple-check the level of your lawn before you continue laying your patio and you’ll be good to go!

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