Filling Holes in Your Backyard

Before you go to fill holes in your backyard you will need to know the proper lawn watering tips, and also determine why holes are forming. Obviously, if the hole is man-made then it is simply a matter of putting similar materials back into the hole. But if an unknown issue is causing the land around your home to sink it is important to figure out what the problem is to prevent more holes from forming.

Evaluating Holes

If you live in an area where sinkholes are common, you should check to see if the holes in your yard are a sign of a sinkhole somewhere on your property. If it turns out there is a sinkhole you will need to check with an expert about what the best to fill it in. If it is relatively small you may only need to fill it with cement but if it is a large hole that is threatening your foundation you will need to remove the moisture in the sinkhole before you make any attempt to fill it.

Holes might also be caused by stumps or other organic matter that were buried in the dirt and have since started to decompose. If this is the case in your backyard you will need to remove the stump before you attempt to fill in the hole or the problem will just keep reappearing. Even though the stump will be decomposing it still might be very hard and heavy so if it seems like a large piece of wood, call a tree removal team to remove it and grind it up.

Indentations that are appearing in your yard because the soil is being washed away will require special treatment. In addition to filling in the hole you will need to decrease the slope of your yard to decrease runoff. This can be as simple as piling soil in the area you want to even out. However, if the runoff issue is serious you may need to lay down a layer of bedrock underneath the soil to help hold it in place.

Filling In the Hole

What you need to use to fill in a hole in your yard will depend on how deep it is and what type of material was in the hole previously. Typically, the sides of the hole will help you see what kinds of layers are in the hole. This can range from stones, quarry dust and sand to standard topsoil. If you are unsure about what is in your hole, take samples and bring them to your local hardware store. An employee can help match you to the proper product to use.

If a hole is in your lawn because a pet has been digging you will probably want to replace the turf in that spot. Wait for the dirt you placed in the hole to settle. After a few days you can lay down a patch of turf or seeds to grow new grass. It goes without saying that you will need to keep your pet away from this area in order for your new plants to be successful.

The severity of the work that will go into filling holes in your backyard will largely depend on the nature of the problem. There are a few basic guidelines regarding what you should use to fill the hole and it is rather simple to lay down said materials in the area. Determining how to prevent new holes from forming is a whole different matter. It is important to do research into the cause of the problem if you truly want it fixed.

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