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man117
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Fixing low spot in yard
Hi guys, I need a little advice. My yard is terrible, pretty much all weeds and trash grass at this point. In total it's probably around 10000 sqft of actually grass. I would like to level the whole thing and sod it at once but I'm OT poor. I have a 1000 sqft spot in the front that retains a little bit of water. Since that area is bounded by concrete on all sides, I want to start by fixing that area. I'm in Thibodaux and I read on here that Belle Sod is the closest to me. Just called them and the guy said he's out of St. Aug and probably won't have any until August at the earliest. Also the minimum to deliver is 6 pallets and I only need 2 for this spot.

1. I need about 10 yards of topsoil to level this area. Any suggestions on what type and where to get it?

2. Any suggestions on something I can seed now that will fill in pretty quickly? After reading what I just wrote, I probably should just save money and seed this yard piece by piece.



wickowick
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1. I need about 10 yards of topsoil to level this area. Any suggestions on what type and where to get it?


Typically you don't want topsoil for this, riversilt or sand is a better option, but if you don't get it from a location that has killed the weed seeds in the dirt, you are introducing more issues into the yard that you are trying to fix.


Saskwatch
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f you don't get it from a location that has killed the weed seeds in the dirt, you are introducing more issues into the yard that you are trying to fix.


Where can you buy riversilt/sand that kill off weed seeds?
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wickowick
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re: Fixing low spot in yard
Nurseries that sell bulk material will have it


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idlewatcher
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Houston
Member since Jan 2012
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re: Fixing low spot in yard
What is it about sand that kills weeds? I've always heard that but never knew the reason behind it.


marinebioman
South Alabama Fan
Ocean Springs, MS
Member since Feb 2005
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re: Fixing low spot in yard
I don't want to hijack this thread but I have a somewhat related question. I also want to fill in a low spot in my back yard but my problem is that there is a ditch behind my property and the back corner of my property is slowly eroding but also getting lower as well. The problem with that area is the soil has a very high sand content and the bank of the ditch tends to crumble. I am not willing to pay or legally allowed to put rocks or rip rap on the bank of the ditch since it is county property. For now all i want to do is add material to my property. What fill material would be best to slow down erosion? I realize its likely a temporary fix.


The Mick
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re: Fixing low spot in yard
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1. I need about 10 yards of topsoil to level this area. Any suggestions on what type and where to get it?
I just did my yard. Get masonry sand, it settles and packed down well and doesnt have weeds in it like river sand does.


The Mick
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For now all i want to do is add material to my property. What fill material would be best to slow down erosion? I realize its likely a temporary fix.
IMO, you want something that has a heavy clay mixture that wont wash away as easily as light sand or top soil. Try to find some red dirt or clay and grown grass over it to hold it together. (im no expert just putting my thoughts out there)


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man117
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Los Angeles
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re: Fixing low spot in yard
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Typically you don't want topsoil for this, riversilt or sand is a better option, but if you don't get it from a location that has killed the weed seeds in the dirt, you are introducing more issues into the yard that you are trying to fix. 


The area I'm filling has the street to the front and sidewalks/driveway on the other three sides. It slopes towards the street but the very front end is lower than the street so water sits there after a good rain. The area is also lower than the sidewalk/driveway. I want to fill the entire area to be level with the street and concrete so whatever I use will cover the it all. I won't have to worry about the sand washing away in this situation?


TigerEye2
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re: Fixing low spot in yard
Can you use the bags of Play Sand rather than mason sand?


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Mikey99
Member since Nov 2016
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re: Fixing low spot in yard
Play sand is around 4.50 for a 50# bag and masonry sand is 5.00 for a 70# bag. Just poured 8 bags of masonry sand in a low spot.


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cave canem
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pullarius dominus
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re: Fixing low spot in yard
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Can you use the bags of Play Sand rather than mason sand?


Yes but masonry sand can be delivered by the truckload cheaply enough.

If you really want to go cheap go find you local blast yard, they will dump all you like in your truck for little to nothing.


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Citica8
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Gonzales, LA
Member since Dec 2012
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re: Fixing low spot in yard
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Where can you buy riversilt/sand that kill off weed seeds?


You can't.

Typically the river silt at the nurseries have been sitting long enough that some of the seeds have died off, similar to a compost pile, but its not "weed free"

Also you probably aren't getting 10 yards delivered from a nursery.


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Geauxld Finger
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Baton Rouge
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re: Fixing low spot in yard
You should probably use sand to level. Also use medium blade zoysia and not st aug. Getting better results lately. It’s also more drought tolerant


Citica8
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Gonzales, LA
Member since Dec 2012
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re: Fixing low spot in yard
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medium blade zoysia

Requires thatching

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more drought tolerant

Probably not an issue in his low spot


windshieldman
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Member since Nov 2012
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re: Fixing low spot in yard
Do what I did, go to a construction site and steal some red clay. It won't wash away and put Bermuda seeds in it.


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Geauxld Finger
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Jan 2005
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re: Fixing low spot in yard
Fix the low spot and use a grass that requires less overall care and maintenance


CenlaLowell
UMass Fan
Alexandria, la
Member since Apr 2016
132 posts

re: Fixing low spot in yard
Never had a probably with weeds seeds in sand. Step up your pre emergent game and even if the sand had weed seeds they would not grow in your yard.

Pre emergent
Prodiamine
Simizine
Diythpor
Pennant Magnum

This is what I use for year long protection and I will, like last year, buy riversilt next month


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rilesrick
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re: Fixing low spot in yard
Sand Sand Sand


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TigerGrad2011
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re: Fixing low spot in yard
Are you in or around BR and where did you get a bulk amount and at what price?


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