Mark areas where grading and contour changes are to be made.
Grading may be used to add interest to a landscape and to direct drainage away from hardscaped areas. When planning grading and contour changes, make sure that modifications are made in accordance with the rules established by your city for on-site water retention and proper placement of the backflow preventer. If you need clarification, contact your city's water conservation office
. Be a good neighbor. Don't change the grade in your yard so that it redirects water into your neighbor's yard. Also, avoid making changes that would direct water toward the foundation of your house.