Hi all We will have been in our new (to us) house for a year this coming weekend. The previous owners tried some land scaping, but did not maintain it and it was pretty overgrown and had zero or negative slope in some areas (built a pond, planted various trees, shrubs, flowers, made a flower bed along both (long) sides of the house, etc.). We have some sandbags still up from some diking that we had to do as we live near a river that was expected to flood. The front of the house was diked with sand bags, and the 3 other sides was earth-diked (the earth part came from our lawn). I am clearing out everything and starting out fresh with the proper slope (we will replant trees, etc where we want them to be). I have the front yard cleared except for about 20 stumps (smaller ones no bigger than 8-10" in diameter). I have a few smaller trees (4" dia.) to remove in the front yard, and a few shrubs to remove in the back and side of the house, then I can start building my slope. My question is: can I just dump my sand bags out on my lawn and till the soil to mix it up, then bring in more fill/topsoil to obtain the proper slope? The three sides of the house already have no grass as it was torn up and the front of the house needs fill as well. We only have one landscaper in our town of about 10K and they are too busy for a little job like mine, so I am learning about this all as I go along. I know there is a need here for another company, so there I went looking for a forum and that's how I came to be posting here. Thanks for any help that you can provide. Chris EDITED TO ADD: oops! ... my bad - this should have been posted in the Homeowners Assistance Forum.