soil compaction after root ball removal

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by henhen11417, May 3, 2008.

  1. henhen11417

    henhen11417 LawnSite Member
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    HELLO and thank you. I am a complete amateur.
    I intend a new pre-cast block retaining wall (2.5 ft high total). However, in same area I had to remove Holly bush/tree of 10 inch diameter, creating 2.5 foot deep hole. Soil is clay below 6 inches of good black stuff. Now that I have completley disturbed the soil, is it sufficient to TAMP THE HELL OUTTA IT (as hole is filled back in (4-5 inches at a time), or do I need to let it set for days, weeks, months?

    Thank you pros for all sharing your experience and suggestions.
     
  2. Summit L & D

    Summit L & D LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 269

    If you take the time to fully tamp the area, and follow the manufacturers installation instructions you should be in good shape. As a precaution you might want to dampen the soil as you backfill.
     
  3. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,430

    I would never backfill with soil.

    I would either:

    a) backfill with crusher run and compact the hell out of it as it's shoveled in.

    or

    b) backfill with concrete
     
  4. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    I would never backfill with soil.

    I would either:

    a) backfill with crusher run and compact the hell out of it as it's shoveled in.

    or

    b) backfill with concrete



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  5. crab

    crab LawnSite Senior Member
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    dvs that's a strong response you're telling me you back fill every stump with concrete ,you must have the dumbest clients ever!!!
     
  6. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,430

    Either that or we have some of the dumbest participants here!

    Couple of things:

    a) I did not state "every"

    b) We guarantee our work for FIVE years. It costs money to send a crew and a truck out to repair a settled job. A couple bags of sacrete cost a mere bag of shells compared to dispatching 2-3 guys and a truck for a repair that could have been prevented from the get-go.

    c) We typically do not have trees growing in the areas of which we work. Most of our jobs are new construction, as in homes that are 2-5 years old.


    Make it a great weekend :)
     

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