question about ground sinking

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by kalyeah, Feb 21, 2006.

  1. kalyeah

    kalyeah LawnSite Member
    Messages: 146

    I picked up a customer for lawn mowing the other day. He has an area that is sinking slightly(not too bad. The area is maybe 10' by 10'. What would be the best method for fixing this area. Dig up old turf, grade and lay sod. Or just wait till fall, kill area, add some topsoil and seed?
  2. old dog 80

    old dog 80 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 204

    I would add topsoil and seed asap.Use sod if it can be wtered frequently.
  3. NickN

    NickN LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 1,009

    ASk them if there was a tree there, at one time, first.It could be settling from roots decomposing.It could also be an area where the home builder buried debris or it could be a sink hole forming.
    Check with owner about the tree first.Then dig the area(with approval) and see if you can find any leftover material from the homebuilder.If you do find bulding materials,dig them out and re-fill with soil.
    I've had to fill an area in my back lawn from what I found out had been an outhouse for a school quite some years ago.So,my lawn in that area is truly shitty :D
  4. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,524

    Good advice. Does he have an irrigation system? Slow leaking system could also cause this.

    TURFLORD LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 834

    Wait another 20 years for the rest of the building materials to rot and then fix it.
  6. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,406

    Find out why the area is sinking first, then rectify that situation and then soil, compost and seed. You may have construction debris rotting, or a host of other problems as mentioned. Use a soil probe and poke around, just make sure you are not poking utilities. Excavate if necessary and solve the problem before you cover it up.

  7. kalyeah

    kalyeah LawnSite Member
    Messages: 146

    no irrigation. Fairly new house so I was leaning towards the construction materials myself. thanks guys.
  8. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,524

    That sounds like it could be it. My neighbor and I both had the same problem.

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