Concrete Grading is a process of preparing the ground which involves cutting sod out (if there is sod) and getting a rough base upon which you will set your concrete forms.
Determine if the ground is stable - Unstable ground is muddy, spongy (this includes having sod on the area), or frozen. If any of the area is unstable in these ways, you need to remove those unstable section(s).
Determine Access to your patio - Access to your patio determines what equipment you will need to prepare your ground. There are various types of equipment that can help you prepare the ground. Choose one of these four and then remove the bad ground.
Replacing the Bad Soil with Fill - You need to do this so that a rough grade is achieved to set-up your concrete forms. Since the scooped out sections are not level with the ground, you need to fill them up with class 5 gravel or fill sand. You can get this fill by either calling a local landscaping business or a gravel and sand pit business. These businesses typically will deliver the gravel to you, but to save money, you can also go pick it up and have it dumped into your pick-up truck.
The next step to pouring a concrete patio yourself is to set-up your concrete forms.
Don't want to take this project on yourself? If so, and you live in the Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs area, request a quote on your concrete project.
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