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This article was co-authored by Rob Litman. Rob Litman is a Landscaper, General Contractor, and the CEO of Vitoli Inc., a landscaping, hardscaping, ecoscaping, and swimming pool design company in Los Angeles, California. With over 20 years of experience in construction, Rob specializes in energy-efficient and drought-tolerant landscaping. He holds General Building Contractor (Class B) and Registered Pool/Spa Contractor Licenses. In 2007, Rob won House of the Year in Gardena, California. This article has been viewed 148,403 times.
Updated: September 15, 2021
To level ground for a pool, dig away slopes and high spots to make them level with lower areas. For tougher jobs, rent a skid-steer loader to move a lot of dirt more efficiently. Once the leveling is underway, periodically check your progress by laying a carpenter’s level on top of a wood plank to see if your work surface if even. Once the ground is level, rake the area to remove rocks, branches, and debris. Also, tamp the soil to make it firm to support the pool. To learn how to clear sod before leveling your ground, keep reading!
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