Leveling ground helps to correct drainage and planting problems on a plot of land, but the project can be backbreaking, strenuous work. While smoothing a single bump or depression can be done quickly with a shovel, preparing a larger space manually takes significant time and manpower. Fortunately for the backs of gardeners and landscapers, rototillers can be used to increase the speed of the job drastically. Leveling ground with a rototiller still requires some follow-up work with a shovel to clear loosened soil, but that work requires much less effort than doing the whole job manually.
Turn on the rototiller.
Adjust the rototiller's tines to a shallow depth if the machine features height settings.
Make several passes over the area with the rototiller to loosen the top few inches of soil.
Examine the ground to determine whether or not it is level enough for your purposes. You may need to shovel the loose soil away to examine the area.
Repeat the process of using the rototiller and examining the ground until the ground is level enough.
Smooth small bumps in the leveled ground's loosened soil with a steel rake. Leaving the soil in a rough state can lead to more clumps and bumps than the ground had originally.
Put on the red enhancement goggles. Put the laser level onto a tripod. Turn on the laser level and aim it at the outside wall where you want to take a reading. Lock the laser level down into position.
Place the laser receiver on the outside wall using the built-in magnet or onto a tripod placed against the wall if there is no built-in magnet.
Move the laser receiver around slowly until it catches the laser light and lights up a small LED on the laser receiver. Lock the laser receiver down into position.
Read the light from the laser level that is striking the laser receiver and make alignment and elevation settings on the laser receiver as needed.
Place one stake at the highest point in your yard. Place another at the lowest. Tie a string between the two stakes, making sure the string is tight.
Tie another string with a weight on the end of it in the middle of the stake's string.
Stand perpendicular to the weight and see what the angle is compared to the stake's string. This will be your guide as to how much ground you'll need to move. If the angle is more than a few degrees off of 90, then you'll most likely want to hire a backhoe to move the dirt.
Cut a line into the soil with a till along the highest point of the yard.
Remove all the dirt loosened by the cut with a shovel and retake your level measurement. If the ground is now level, move to Step 6. If not, repeat Steps 4 and 5 until the ground is level.
Roll your entire yard with a water roller to compress and level out the surface. This will eliminate any unevenness from the digging to ensure a level surface.
Set up the laser level on firm dry ground so it doesn't shift as you walk around. Push the tripod's pins into the ground as far as they will go.
Mount the level to the tripod securely. Use the adjustment screws to bring the level's bubbles into the center. Don't worry about exact accuracy at this point.
Swing the level around 180 degrees and center the bubbles again.
Return the level to the starting position and check the bubbles. Adjust as needed until the level is accurate in all dimensions.