Re: Leveling a 5X5 portion of my backyard
I too vote for leveling by digging down the high side and pulling the dirt forward. Also, dj brings up another good point, if you're putting pea gravel or other "soft" landing material under the playground, you will want to level a larger area. I would go at least 2 feet in each direction, then install kickboards around it to retain the material. Keep in mind that whatever you use, the kids will be kicking it out into the yard, so gravel may not be the most suitable material if the area around it is being mowed.
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