smelly lawn from swiming pool

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by smellylawn, Aug 31, 2004.

  1. smellylawn

    smellylawn LawnSite Member
    from 94523
    Messages: 2

    To all the experts,

    I need some help! I had recently taken down my doe boy swimming pool after it had gotten all filled with algae. I drained the water right on the lawn. Don’t worry the lawn is filled with weeds...not much to talk about in that category. Ever since I have done this, a smell is coming from my yard. It smells worse than a dairy farm in the heat of a summer. What can I do to get rid of this awful smell?????????????????

    Please any suggestions will help my neighborhood and me.
  2. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,332

    Do you have a septic tank / drain field in that area of the yard??
  3. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,697

    the algae is decomposing. It'll go away after a few days.
  4. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,622

    Yeah, my first thought was you flooded your septic.
  5. F6Hawk

    F6Hawk LawnSite Member
    Messages: 195

    I believe it is not the algae, but the wet grass under & around the edge of the pool. It smells kinda like the bent & trampled grass at a state fair or similar.

    Yeah, it is slightly obnoxious, but goes away in a week or two, unless it rains and keeps things wet. Same thing happend to our yard last year when I threw away the pool my wife ruined my grass with.
  6. smellylawn

    smellylawn LawnSite Member
    from 94523
    Messages: 2

    Thanks all for responding. Yes I believe there is an old septic tank in my back yard but not sure where. That has not been hooked up in years, we are on a main now. I thought the same that the smell would go away once the grass died. Its been a few weeks now. If the septic tank did get filled...would you suggest getting it drained? Or is there something i can do to cover up the smell. Lime?
  7. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Messages: 3,010

    it doesn't help you now but you should have used chemicals instead of dumping the pool....

  8. bayoulawn

    bayoulawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 211

    it is the dead wet grass underneath. I know cause it use to happen to me every time i move our pool. IT STINKS BAD TOO!
  9. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 4,205

    As has been mentioned it is most likely the area under and around the pool site.
    Constant moisture makes for funky critters growing......................

    It'll soon disipate.
  10. GrassFearsMe

    GrassFearsMe LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 340

    You could lime it.

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