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Excavation & Earthwork for Landscaping Projects

Landscaping excavation with bulldozer.

Some landscaping projects need excavation and earthwork.  Landscape excavation involves preparation of the site by removing trees and dirt, digging, and grading. It will need heavy equipment such as backhoe loader, excavator, etc.

Fortunately, it is not at all difficult to find a qualified contractor for excavation because our network consists of such reputable professionals.

You can find a landscape contractor that can deliver a seamless turnkey project from earthwork to landscaping and installation of a new patio.

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Landscaping for Increased Curb Appeal and Livable Space

Patio installations may require earthwork or excavation.

Would you like to have more livable space in your yard? Landscaping contractors can help make this dream a reality.

Before you can put in beautiful trees, shrubs, or flowers, you may need to prepare the ground with excavation. You can then install a new patio or terrace or an in-ground pool surrounded by a garden, pond, or a new retaining wall.

Experienced contractors can help you with everything you need for your outdoor space. You can now start imagining what you want and our partners will help you achieve it.

Landscaping contractors offer:

  • Concrete removal
  • Tree removal services
  • Ditch digging
  • Well trenching
  • Excavation and earthwork
  • Stone paving
  • Pond construction
  • Landscape design – flower beds, stepping stones, fences, curb, pergola, planting

Find out more about these various services from our partner contractors so you can choose services you need at the best possible price.


Mini-excavation for small or tight spaces

It can be very hard to do landscaping in spaces in the yard that are tight. If this is the case, even regular excavation equipment may be too big. For this type of work, mini-excavation is a possibility.

The service is very similar to excavation except that special equipment will be used to reach inaccessible or difficult places.   This means that the work will not be done manually and it can save many hours or labor.

Other projects where mini-excavation would be useful include:

  • Installation of a driveway
  • Pond
  • Sod laying
  • Sidewalk
  • Grading
  • Installing basement windows
  • Planting
  • Gutters

Experts can offer you the right team and equipment for your excavation needs. Just fill out the short form on this page and receive free and no-commitment quotes.


Projects that require excavation and earthwork

Construction work require excavation and earthwork.

Other home improvement projects for outdoor livable space may need excavation work.

New driveway

Are you building a new driveway? This may require large-scale excavation but it is not always the case. Experts will be able to advise you if you need to excavation any unsuitable material and install gravel and stone base.

This will also be true if the driveway has been compromised by trees, is steep or is long and has varying grades.

Installing a patio

A patio is a hardscaped living space that is an extension of your home. It is important that the patio looks attractive but also function well. Preparing the site is critical and excavation is required. Digging out the soil to remove unsuitable materials at the proper depth will ensure the patio is stable.

It must also be sloped away from the home so that water will properly drain. Depending on the size of the patio, certain municipal regulations need to be considered. Professionals are knowledgeable about local regulations and will make sure they are followed.

Retaining wall

Homeowners want a retaining wall for different reasons which could be aesthetic or functional.

Some want to correct a grading or drainage problem while others want to use it for decorative purposes.

Whatever the reason, a retaining wall will need excavation with machinery as the hole must be deep enough to give a solid and strong foundation. It also needs adequate drainage to make sure the wall will last a long time.

French drain installation

Leaks and water runoff can cause damage to a home’s foundation. It is important for a French drain to function well. If there is mold, mildew, or water around the home or in the basement, the French drain may need a replacement.

Experienced contractors have the proper equipment to excavate without compromising the grading. A new French drain can be installed that complies with building code regulations.


The cost of excavation in Montreal & Quebec

Landscaping excavation in the yard.

Excavation may be the first step of a construction project and is common in waterproofing basements, new construction, in-ground pools, driveways, patios, of for drainage control.

The cost of excavation in Montreal & Quebec depends on factors such as location, size, the type of equipment needed, soil or terrain, etc.

Typically, expect to pay from $279 to $395 per cubic yard for land excavation around Montreal or Quebec.  This figure takes into account the cost of specialty equipment, the cost of labor, and the disposal of debris and materials to protect existing finishes or structures.

You will also need to pay for any permits or inspection required by local building department.

Local residential excavation contractors prepare a site for development with the removal of trees, digging and grading the land, dirt removal, clearing, compacting, and land preparation.

Excavation of basement and waterproofing $7,000 to $15,000
Excavation for foundation (new) $2,500 to $6,000
Excavation for a swimming pool $2,000 to $20,000
(depending on access and soil)
Excavation for plumbing/septic tank $5,000 to $10,000
Excavation for patio or driveway $2,000 to $3,500

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FAQS about excavation and earthwork

Can I do a small excavation DIY to save money?

Theoretically, you could make a small excavation DIY if you have skills and equipment. But this could be dangerous as you may hit utilities or cause damage to your home or even injuries to yourself.

Any type of excavation is better left in the hands of experienced contractors.

What is yard leveling?

Also called grading, this is a type of excavation that aims to correct drainage problems or prepare the ground for building a home extension.  It involves digging and filling and removing dirt.

How can I calculate the cost of excavation?

Most contractors charge based per cubic yard. The easiest way is to get free quotes from reliable contractors in our network by filling out a short online form.

Can excavation or grading be done during winter?

Sure, it can be done in winter but the cost may be higher because the work is more difficult around this time.

How long does excavation take?

It could take a few days, depending on the size of the yard and other factors such as access and soil and terrain.

Is an excavation permit required in Quebec?

If you are constructing a new building, installing a French drain, decontaminating the soil, or repairing underground structures, you will need an excavation permit.

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Tips for hiring the right excavation contractor

Excavation contractor checking on site.

Are you planning a project that needs excavation work? Unless you are skilled and have the proper equipment, you will need to hire an excavation contractor.

Take the time to compare services and prices of multiple contractors to avoid unpleasant surprises and save time and money.

Excavation is broad field and many companies offer excavation services as part of their specialty works such as installing French drains, basement renovations, landscaping works, waterproofing or foundation repairs.

Check the licenses and qualifications of the contractor companies. In Quebec, an RBQ license is required for contractors carrying out excavation works.

Choosing an excavation contractor should not be taken lightly. To get value for your money, compare the services of our partner contractors.

Fill out the short online form on this page and get connected to licensed and reputable excavators in your area.