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Grading Projects and Services

San Diego Grading and Erosion Control

San Diego grading and erosion control projects can be among the most complex in landscaping.  In basic terms, grading refers to the reshaping of land through the removal, relocation, or addition of soil, dirt, or other material toward some purpose.  That purpose may be practical, aesthetic, or both.  One thing that is true about all grading projects is that there is always far more to them than simply “moving dirt around.”  In fact, even relatively straightforward grading projects require a detailed knowledge of soil science and geophysics, not to mention local regulations and how modifying your landscape could affect your home and other structures.

Sound difficult?  It can be.  Fortunately, there is no grading project too difficult or large in scope for North County Landscape.  Serving all of San Diego County, our experienced landscaping specialists provide the full range of landscape grading services, suitable for all possible needs.  From small-scale drainage solutions to large-scale trenching, site leveling, and excavation, our experts do it all – and do it right.

At North County Landscape, we love to get our hands dirty.  Whatever your grading needs, we invite you to contact our landscaping specialists for further information or to get a free quote for our services today.  We are proud to serve neighborhoods throughout San Diego, including San Marcos, Rancho Bernardo, Carlsbad, Rancho Santa Fe, Poway, Rancho Penasquitos, Encinitas, Del Mar, La Jolla, and Carmel Valley.

Our A-Plus Grading Services

The San Diego grading specialists of North County Landscape are soil experts with a keen knowledge of geology, geophysics, and the other earth sciences necessary to landscape reshaping.  We have the tools, the technology, and the old-fashioned know-how to produce exceptional results at a fair price.  Whatever the scope of your grading project, you can expect us to cut no corners in supplying you with services of the absolute highest quality.

Our selection of grading services includes:

Erosion Control

Our San Diego grading and erosion control services will allow you to preserve your precious soil and avoid water pollution.  We are able to customize solutions to the unique situation.  Sometimes it is possible to halt soil erosion simply by adding a high-quality, ecologically friendly stabilizer – also known as a soil binder – to the soil.  In other cases, more aggressive approaches may be necessary to control and redirect rainwater, groundwater, and storm water.  In such cases, we may use any combination of wattles, energy dissipaters, desilting basins, culverts, and other innovative solutions.  We can also draw upon our extensive experience in constructing dikes, grassed swales, headwalls, and drainage ditches.

If your lawn, garden, or other outdoor space has been damaged by a storm, North County Landscape offers repair, re-grading, and clean-up services.

Flow Line Grading

Accumulations of rain and other sources of water can cause substantial damage to soil.  A healthy, thriving yard must drain properly.  Flow line grading involves the reshaping of the land in a strategic way so that excess water is gently guided toward a more appropriate and desirable location.  This can often be accomplished through a gentle swale that either subtly blends into your existing landscape or actually enhances your landscape by mimicking a creek bed or dry stream bed.  If a subsurface drainage system is necessary, we can skillfully take that route, as well.

Whatever flow line grading solution we devise for your case, you can rest assured that it will comply with California’s regulations concerning storm water control and groundwater contamination.

Contour Grading

Contour grading is one of the specialties of North County Landscape.  It may be the case that a perfectly level plain is not what you envision for your outdoor space.  Imagine your landscape flowing gracefully, even playfully, with artful contours, curves, and changes in elevation.  We can create a tapestry of swales and mounds, valleys and ridges, interacting with the other elements of your landscape to produce a stunning result that will be one of the highlights of your home.  In addition to looking spectacular, your landscape will also be strategically graded to ensure the proper drainage of water and optimal preservation of your soil.

Driveway Grading

A properly designed and constructed dirt driveway will not have to be repaired after the spring rains.  In fact, the grading experts of North County Landscape can design your dirt driveway so that it is not only durable, but also able to aid in the redirection of excess water.  Whether you need someone to re-grade or add a 2-percent crown to your current driveway, or you would like to have a brand new dirt driveway that is designed to last for years without need for repair, our landscaping specialists have the skills, tools, and experience to do the job right.  We can apply the same grading principles to longer dirt roads, as well.

North County Landscape can apply the same principles to longer dirt roads, as well as do the grading work and pour the concrete for a hard-top driveway.


Terraces can serve a number of purposes, from preventing soil erosion to allowing for gardening on steep slopes.  North County Landscape is able to produce terraces that are as functional as they are beautiful.  Whether you are looking for professionals who can build a simple backyard terrace with treated wood walls or a large terrace that requires expert excavation and drainage solutions, we will customize a terrace that perfectly fits your unique needs.

Custom Design Grading

If you have a grading project in mind that doesn’t fall under the umbrella of a “normal” grading product, give North County Landscape a call.  Wherever you reside in San Diego, our landscaping specialists can help you to fulfill your vision in a manner that is safe, efficient, environmentally responsible, and cost-effective.

We can grade your landscape to:

Why Should You Contact North County Landscape?

Why should you contact North County Landscape to handle your grading project?  There are many reasons, including:

When we say that we are the foremost grading experts in San Diego, we don’t expect you to take our word for it.  We would welcome the opportunity to speak with you in person, evaluate your needs, listen carefully to your goals, and explain in detail what we can do to provide you with the results you are looking for.  Simply contact our San Diego grading and erosion control experts today, and we’ll be at your service.