So I have a townhouse with a small 20'x 30' backyard with a 20' x 7' garden in the rear that I'm converting into artificial grass (the green area in my diagram). I'm keeping 2 large tree-like shrubs in the corners and putting artificial grass all around it, and using a 20 mm playmat foam turf pad underneath. The bulk of the backyard is paver stones (in gray) with a surface drain in the center and a remaining garden strip on the right-hand side that I'm putting bushes in. The house is to the bottom of the diagram with a balcony and stairs to the garden, and the yard abuts other back yards made of pavement or dirt on every side.
My question is this: I see in the instructions for artificial grass to grade away from the house for drainage. Since I have such a small patch of turf that's separated from the house do I still need to grade for drainage? To mound up in the middle or to slope away from the house is a challenge as outlined below.
I tried flattening out all the dirt after removing the plants and it seems like there is a slight grade back to front towards the house (down in the diagram). Additionally, the area where the brush trees are slightly raised on top of that. If I were to do the easiest grade I would fill in a bit towards the middle top so that it's even with the raised dirt around the trees and slide the whole thing slightly towards the paver stones and house. However, that seems to go against the instructions to go away from the house.
Leveling the dirt around the tree bases and reversing the grade seems like a lot of work and might expose some roots.
So can I get away with either:
- not grading the dirt and leaving the dirt higher around the tree base
- grading the dirt to slope down towards the paver stones (and the house - down in the diagram) so that it can keep the dirt around the tree at its higher state?
or do I have to dig down around the trees and re-level the back garden area to slope away from the house to the top of the diagram?