How much dirt to haul in

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Old 08-03-05, 06:20 PM
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How much dirt to haul in

I have a new construction house made of brick. It's all clay around here. I would like to make an attempt to put the landscaping in myself. I'm starting to plan everything on paper but I can't find anything on how much dirt to haul in--how many inches. I know its supposed to slope away from the house but is the dirt supposed to be level with the sod or is it supposed to be alot higher and slope down from the house to the sod? Someone told me 12-18 inches high. That seems like alot but I'm clueless.

Also, do I buy 1/2 peat and 1/2 topsoil or is topsoil good enough.

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Old 08-03-05, 09:10 PM
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I would buy topsoil; figure about three inches deep for good coverage. Till it into the top couple of inches for good mixing. Slope soil away from the house for drainage. Slope of 1/4 to 1/2 inch per foot should be enough. Make sure the gutters and downspouts stay clean and in good repair.

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