What can I use to dry up muddy soil?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by pajohn, Aug 10, 2005.

  1. pajohn

    pajohn LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Messages: 15

    I dug a pond this weekend and much of the soil that I dug out was very wet. We spread it around as best we could with the bucket of the trackhoe but it's much too wet to grade. What makes it worse is that the area doesn't get much sun. Other than waiting for months, is there something I could put down that would speed up the drying process so I can grade and seed it?
  2. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,929

    You can try lime. It sucks up the moisture pretty well.

  3. Green-Pro

    Green-Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,420

    for small enough areas I've used peat
  4. start2finish

    start2finish LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 497

    Try looking into "AXIS" it can be incorporated into the soil, this method is labor intensive, but will absorb moisture. Check with your local supplier. This is a soil ammendment that will release moisture and retain moisture. At a predefined rate that is consistent. He will probably have the greatest grass in the yard over this area. :cool2:

    Another option is to haul the mud away and haul in dry dirt. This could be costly, but if the customer wants to wrap up you can knock it out quick.
  5. hole in one lco

    hole in one lco LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,793

    go down to your local ball park and ask them where they get there quick dry for the ball fields at . it works very good and fast.
  6. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Messages: 4,899

    There are the hydro gels that will absorb moisture BUT they are expensive, other wise I think you might be stuck with just letting it dry. the thinner you spread it the faster it will dry. I have some mud stacked in a shady place from cleaning a pond 8 yrs age and when you dig down in it only the top 1 to 1-1/2 ft are dry the other 4-5 ft is still real wet
  7. shortgut

    shortgut LawnSite Member
    Messages: 185

    IF you have coal powered plant of any kind they should have caol ash which is called flyash it is a very fine powder it works great but you may have to have them haul it to you in in a pnmatic tanker because it is so fine they can actually blow it in the pond for you under really low pressure or they can do a bottom drop out the bottom of the trler which most of them have three pods 1 pod at a time and wind row it that is if the trler is equiped with bottom drop hatches some do and some do not Good luck if you do use this method becareful of the dust as air quaility control might be in the area .
    let me know how it works
  8. start2finish

    start2finish LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 497

    how many yards of dirt we talking about???
  9. pajohn

    pajohn LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Messages: 15

    It's now spread about a foot thick over an area about 20ft by 20ft.

    I thought about that baseball field quick dry stuff. Haven't figured out where to get it yet. Will a lawn grow ok with it mixed into the soil?

    I'll check in to this AXIS stuff as well.

    Thanks all
  10. leadarrows

    leadarrows LawnSite Senior Member
    from N/A
    Messages: 925

    Drywall. Drywall is Gypsum. There are several companies using it now to dry up construction sites so they can get on the job sooner. Find an area where there are new homes being built and see if you can get a drywalls company clean-up crew to throw the trash in a dumpster and leave the drywall for you. They have to pay 30 to forty a ton around here to dump it and most would be more than willing to work with you.

    "Gypsum Makes Slightly Wet Soils Easier to Till - Soils that have been treated with gypsum have a wider range of soil moisture levels where it is safe to till without danger of compaction or deflocculation."


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