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Question DetailsAsked on 7/13/2014

I want to get rid of Koi pond. How much will it approximately cost to get rid of it and to get it filled

need to get rid of koi pond as it can be hazardous for kids.
Koi fish in pond =15.
Fish pond size = Approximately 10 Ft X 6 ft with 4 ft depth.

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The fish you could probably sell or give away on Craigslist - or local aquarium store might take them off your hands for nothing. Unless unusual variety I don't imaging they would be interested in paying you for them.


Approximately 4-10 loose cubic yards of fill in place depending on pond shape - you would have to measure and calculate. Cheapest solution would be probably punching a dozen or so holes in the bottom (so it does not become a swampy skeeter haven) and filling with 2 inch minus random fill, covered by a few inches of topsoil and grass seed. Or if you want a planter mound or such, fill to mound and then topsoil and mulch for planting - in that case 6 inch minus fill would probably do fine. You want free-draining fill, not fine sand, silty, or clayey fill.


If concrete will likely take a jackhammer for the holes - or just cut holes in the liner if plastic lined, or grab hold and pull and rip it up while someone else cuts away the edge of the buried liner with a utility knife. If going for a level surface the fill should be compacted rather than just dumped fill, or it will settle maybe as much as 6-12 inches over the next few years.


Cost likely in the $300-500 range assuming a dumptruck can get to the pond - more like $500-800 range if will take wheelbarrowing because of fencing or such.


For DIY, about $50-75 rental for a couple of hours for a small jackhammer if needed to punch through the concrete, and about $150-250 for the fill, plus about $100-150 for 1 to 2 cy of topsoil and some grass seed - and a lot of evenings of running a few wheelbarrow trips from your drive or closest place ot the pond a dumptruck can dump a stockpile.


Contractor type would be Landscaper or Excavation contractor - the latter probably cheaper if there is dump truck or bobcat loader access to the pond. Bear in mind lawn, etc will be rutted by truck or scarfed and tracked up by bobocat if done that way. And do NOT let loaded truck go over walks or pavers unless you want to have to redo those areas - highly likely to break them up.


If DIYing without a compactor, I would fill to about 4-6 inches above level in the center sloped to the edges, then let settle for a year before final levelling and putting on topsoil and seed.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD




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