Answer: Removing cement is a hard and laborious job, but it can be done. Once you break up the concrete, expect to find 3-4 inches of gravel beneath it. This, too , can be removed and then you can prepare the soil for planting by bringing in topsoil and amending it with organic matter to make a good planting bed for a lawn. Or, you may want to simply build some raised beds (8-10 inches high), fill them with topsoil and plant turfgrass in the raised beds. I had an extensive concrete area in my backyard when my boys were small and their biggest delight was riding their scooters and Big Wheel tricycles in the area - maybe you want to rethink your backyard project?
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