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what do u think caused this

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jeff_0, Mar 29, 2004.

  1. jeff_0

    jeff_0 LawnSite Senior Member
    from md
    Messages: 401

    a customers yard has a big dip into it. I'm not sure what caused it. Any ideas? Also can i just fill it with top soil and seed it?

  2. jeff_0

    jeff_0 LawnSite Senior Member
    from md
    Messages: 401

    this is just part of it near the driveway but the section is about about a 8 ft circle. dip in the yard.
  3. Pecker

    Pecker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,454

    How many years old is the home? A lot of times when a home gets about 10 years old, you'll see this if the builders buried the lumber they cut down. As the lumber decomposes it creates a sinkhole. Actually happened to my own yard and took 14 yards of dirt to fill it in. That was 5 years ago. So far so good.
  4. jsr2741

    jsr2741 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 392

    Is it possible their sewer collapsed.
  5. cklands

    cklands LawnSite Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 360

    I would have to agree with ******. Probably just a sinkhole.
  6. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,143

    I have a customer with a sinkhole near a sidewalk. Every year I fill it, every year it sinks in. Not sure what's causing it, could be anything.
  7. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
    Messages: 1,557

    My guess is a old stump that was there when the house was built, the part underground finally rotted enough to cause a sinkhole. You will probably have to fill it in a few times, just fill and pack a little bit and repeat as needed until it fully settles.
  8. mickman

    mickman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 96

    Jeff o

    After I read all of reply's, I had to think you were in MD.
    I would almost bet it's a sinkhole. Around Frederick county,
    there is alot of limestone. and w/ all the droughts, then all the precip we've had the last 1-1/2 years, the ground is shifting alot.
  9. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,752

    It could be a sewer ditch settling , it could be a old hand dug well collapsing , it could be a drainfield , an old oil tank, etc
  10. Steve9

    Steve9 LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 228

    Maybe there are bodies under there?

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