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Anyone ever fill a pool with topsoil?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by CrewCutEnterprises, Mar 26, 2006.

  1. CrewCutEnterprises

    CrewCutEnterprises LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 892

    Ok I had a customer ask me to quote filling his concrete pool with dirt or anything so he could use the area, he hasent used it in 10 years.

    Any problems with filling it with fill dirt? Will it fill up with water and make like a sponge and make like a mud hole?? Thanks alot

  2. Xterminator

    Xterminator LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    Ive heard of doing the same thing But i think you have to knock holes out of the bottom of the pool
  3. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,838

    It is just like a big flower pot. We had a customer that had us do it and planted bushes and a tree in it. People do goofy things. I tried to get them to put a deck over it so when it was sold they could claim a pool.
  4. moss2940

    moss2940 LawnSite Member
    from texas
    Messages: 8

    I did it in at a house we use to own.
    You definitely have to put a few holes in the bottom or it would be a mess. One other thing is you have to knock the side walls down a foot or two so they won't burn the grass when it is hot out.
    I rented a jack hammer to do all of the demolition, it went fairly quickly since you can just let the areas you jack hammer fall into the pool, no clean up.
    I had the dirt brought in and rented a Bobcat to move the dirt.
    One other thing it took a lot of loads of dirt to fill it in.
    I lived there for several years after we demolished it and never noticed anything unusual in the area after we filled it in.
  5. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    Some kind of drainage is absolutely necessary.

    M RASCOE&SONS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,475

    If You Could I Would Highly Recomend Demoing The Pool And Filling It In With Some Cheap Bankrun Or Common Fill,and Then Top Dress The Area With Loam If He Wants To Grow Grass On It.if You Cant Demo The Pool Just Make Sure You Have Plenty Of Drainage Before You Fill It In..
  7. CrewCutEnterprises

    CrewCutEnterprises LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 892

    he wants to make a flowerbed out of it,

    But i would assume a few holes in the bottom 2x2 would be ok?? Let me know
  8. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,246

    I agree with you sheshovel. Bring in the big equip and do away with it.
  9. CrewCutEnterprises

    CrewCutEnterprises LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 892

    Well when someone is going to get rid of a pool and wants to pay 1000 to fill it with dirt,

    I doubt they will go with the 2500 option of demoing it and then rebuilding the turf.

    But maybe
  10. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,246

    There was another Thread about this not long ago.

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