Water Problem In Backyard


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Buying a house and the former owners had an above ground pool. Well its no longer there but there is a nice round pit which is full of water. In fact the whole area where the pool was is a mess as far as water goes. Any suggestions on what to do here? Someone suggested to put a sign out front for "fill dirt wanted". Should I use topsoil for this since I eventually want to have a nice lawn there?

Thanks guys.


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I think they call it a "French drain." three feet deep filled with crushed stone and use a metal mesh cylinder as your form. Sometimes they need to be deeper.


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Theresa, NY
I did this for someone last summer. It was 8' on the deep end. I had sand hauled in, spread it with my tractor and compacted with a roller between loads, then topped with 6" of topsoil. Looked good last year, haven't been there this "spring" to see what it looks like.


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Atlanta, Ga.
If the surrounding areas are not where you would like them to be I would simply use a skid steer loader and regrade the entire plot. You will find that the existing material will fill your problem area. I would then rake seed and straw, or sod.
I would french drain the area and cover with topsoil. Topsoil alone will make nothin more than a large mudhole, you have to get the water way down in the ground for it to perculate through out the subsoil.

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