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Question DetailsAsked on 3/22/2016

Looking for landscaping service to fill a hole in our backyard

I am looking for a contractor to fill a hole that is forming in our backyard (which is grass). Our neighbors told us that many years ago there was a large tree, which was cut down in our backyard and since then the ground started slowly receding on the spot where the tree used to be. I am not sure what type of service we need but I assume it is either a gardener or landscaper. We were told that previous gardeners tried to fill the hole with garden soil but the hole always re-appeared after a couple of years. Could you please give us an advice on what type of contractor would be most appropriate to do this job? Also, does anyone have experience with similar issue and how much does it cost to repair the hole?

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In your case, since it keeps showing up again, likely either a large tree stump rotting out, a natural sinkhole (if in limestone country), or a drain or sewer line that has broken and is letting the soil in and washing it away, forming a hole over it. In your case, sounds like tree is the cause.

Cheapest fix - get an appropriate amount of driveway base material delivered (maybe a few cubic yards) and stockpiled somewhere convenient, and just keep on filling it as it opens up - preferably leaving a 6 inch or so mound on top each time you fill to avoid leg traps. Though of course that leaves a gap in your lawn. Topsoil can be used but does not self-compact worth beans so will be a leg-trap all the time, and probably get boggy too. Cost - a couple hundred in delivery and fill cost.

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Permanent fix, because rotting tree stumps (especially if they were pretty buried during house construction so the stump may go several feet into the ground) - get utility locates to be sure you don't hit one of them, and have an Excavation or Landscaping contractor (your Search the List categories) use a backhoe to dig out the hole and all the old tree and the larger roots, then backfill with compacted fill, and top off with topsoil and reseed or sod as desired. Cost - probably in the $400-700 range complete, lower end if smaller stump (neighbors may be able to give idea of how big the tree was at ground level) and also if the excavated topsoil and rotting stump can be conveniently disposed of on your proper rather than having to be hauled off.

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