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Agriwulf 04-09-2012 02:32 PM

New to yard upkeep, need to fill holes.
Last year just before winter I had some trouble with my septic system and my yard had to be dug up to fix it. Now it's obvious where my tank is because of the trenches that surround it, one side is probably a good 2 feet deep. Aside from it being an eye sore my primary concern is that my yard is a nightmare to mow since all that work had to be done, I can't go 5 feet without my mower getting stuck because my lawn is uneven all over. There were a lot of rocks on top when I first moved in but those have all been removed from the surface so far as I can tell. I have no idea what kind of soil this probably can't be considered soil lol more like just dirt full of rocks. I just want to get my yard even so I can mow it without having to break my back. I checked a lot of forums and there are lots of people saying that it depends on the seed or sod (I dont even know what sod is) and there are lots of names and types of soils and theres just a lot of stuff that I don't get. I don't think this lawn has ever been seeded, so I assume it's just wild grass, if it's even called that. lol

joecaption 04-09-2012 10:23 PM

Agriwulf 04-09-2012 10:43 PM

Thank you, that site will be very helpful when I need help with something that it pertains to, however it sais nothing about the best way to fill in pot holes in my lawn, which is what I had asked about.

MLMIB 04-10-2012 06:41 AM


Originally Posted by Agriwulf
Thank you, that site will be very helpful when I need help with something that it pertains to, however it sais nothing about the best way to fill in pot holes in my lawn, which is what I had asked about.

Welcome to the forum!

Have you tried the search function? I asked the same question about 2 weeks ago. Short answer is you can try to sprinkle dirt into the ditches, you can dig up the soil from the low areas and put more soil beneath to level it out and you can roll/aerate it.

Long answer, search for the thread.

Hope that helps

Thunder Chicken 04-12-2012 06:59 PM

I'm going through the same problems with my back yard. I had an old concrete patio that was buried dug out and removed last summer. The grading settled over winter and I had some 12" deep slumped areas, 10' by 10' or so. I just recently leveled out a high spot and used the soil to fill in the hole. Tamped everything down good with my feet, then raked it out, spread compost and seeded. I'll probably have a few small low spots show up later, but I'll just aerate, fill in, and overseed in early fall. In a few seasons it will all mellow out.
Lawns are always a work in progress.

petey_c 04-15-2012 08:47 PM

I've had some work done to my house as well. Three large trees taken down, cesspool problems, new decking. Everytime I walk across the lawn, I feel like I'll step into a "pot hole" and break my ankle. So, I'm having some 30+ yards of screened topsoil delivered to level out 2/3 of the lawn (15 yds.) and 20 yds. for the front. The front part had a large beech tree it looks more like sand than soil. I don't think there's any nutrients in it.

Lighting Retro 04-17-2012 04:12 PM

I also had to dig up my tank. Good times, and a nice uneven yard in several areas. It's not that complicated. Put dirt in the holes.

petey_c 04-18-2012 07:46 AM

Lighting..., My main concern wasn't the complexity of the job, it's the manual labor part. That much dirt grows in size as the day wears on...

Lighting Retro 04-18-2012 08:55 AM

I did not mean to be condescending in any way. If it came off that way, I apologize. I know sometimes I can build up the difficulty of a project in my mind to be greater than it is, but it's mostly because I don't know squat about how to solve it. Sometimes advice from folks on here or places like here can make a project seem much less intimidating.

petey_c 04-18-2012 03:50 PM

Lighting..., Don't sweat it. I didn't think you were being condescending. Yeah, it's difficult to convey meaning on the web. I'm not looking forward to a few days of shoveling dirt around and more of hobbling around like an old man (alright, I am getting old). Plus, I was also thinking about putting in sprinkler system. I was going to mention the fact that it hasn't rained much here lately, when I noticed you're from TX. I have a friend from the Navy that grew up in Fort Worth and moved to Greenville when he got out. But, that's off topic. Pete

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