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Old 06-21-2018, 10:48 PM   #1
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Breaking Up Hard Clumps of Dirt


I'm in the process of building a foundation for my new hot tub. I've dug about four inches down and am trying to level the area before I tamp the dirt down. The problem is my soil is mostly large hard clumps and using a manual cultivator and tiller hasn't worked to break them apart. We live in a dry area with mostly clay soil.

I know next to nothing about landscaping so any help is greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-22-2018, 12:36 AM   #2
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I think I would remove the clumps and level the spot with a gravel that will compact and fill any holes.
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I think I would remove the clumps and level the spot with a gravel that will compact and fill any holes.
Thanks for the reply. I was thinking that is likely my easiest approach.

I went to the home center and picked up some pea gravel and sand. We'll see how she goes
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Thanks for the reply. I was thinking that is likely my easiest approach.

I went to the home center and picked up some pea gravel and sand. We'll see how she goes
Pea gravel does not compact. You need crushed, more like a gravel pit or landscape material yard. Mulch with any name has a variety of sizes of crush rock from 3/4 down to sand.
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Now that you have the pea gravel....you might buy decomposed granite and mix 75% DG and 25% pea gravel. Wet it well.... and find a tamper of some sort and pound, pound, pound. #4 post is good also.

Is the foundation about 10 x 10 and 6 inches deep ? Do you have a p/u truck and access to your new hot tub area ?
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