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Filling in a garden hole.

Hi All,

this year I intend to reduce the size of a pond we have in our garden. once done this will leave me with about a 4 metre square hole which will be in total about 50cm deep. buying those bags of earth from hornbach will bankrupt me for the whole thing, is there any standard practice around this ? I mean can I just pour in rocks, dirt, anything I can find and then just lay a toplayer of real soil and I assume use one of those stamper things to pack it down ?

this is the first time Ive tried this sort of thing but it doesnt strike me as too technical.

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Re: Filling in a garden hole.

Too bad you don't live near Winterthur. I have lots of big pots, full of dirt that I am getting rid of. You could have it for free.


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Hi All,

this year I intend to reduce the size of a pond we have in our garden. once done this will leave me with about a 4 metre square hole which will be in total about 50cm deep. buying those bags of earth from hornbach will bankrupt me for the whole thing, is there any standard practice around this ? I mean can I just pour in rocks, dirt, anything I can find and then just lay a toplayer of real soil and I assume use one of those stamper things to pack it down ?

this is the first time Ive tried this sort of thing but it doesnt strike me as too technical.

thanks

Mike
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Re: Filling in a garden hole.

We are on the French side of the border, but I imagine it works the same way in Switzerland. Free dirt is often offered where they are excavating for a construction project -- here is an example.

Where you are farther away than their normal dumping ground, the normal practice is that the dirt is free but you pay delivery. If you are closer than where they would normally dump (like in the ad above), they will often deliver for free. Just be aware that you're likely to get the full truckload, whether you want it all or not. Also, you should check the quality of the soil -- whether it just just natural soil and rock, or whether it contains a lot of construction debris. You'll need to put topsoil on at the end.

Another option would be to buy one or two 'Big Bags' of soil or sand from Hornbach -- each bag is a cubic meter. You'll pay about CHF90- per bag plus whatever it costs to deliver it.
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Re: Filling in a garden hole.

Install an outhouse.

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Re: Filling in a garden hole.

Could this be your missing soil?


There's lots on anibis.. That one is quite near you no?

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Hi All,

this year I intend to reduce the size of a pond we have in our garden. once done this will leave me with about a 4 metre square hole which will be in total about 50cm deep. buying those bags of earth from hornbach will bankrupt me for the whole thing, is there any standard practice around this ? I mean can I just pour in rocks, dirt, anything I can find and then just lay a toplayer of real soil and I assume use one of those stamper things to pack it down ?

this is the first time Ive tried this sort of thing but it doesnt strike me as too technical.

thanks

Mike
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