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Old 08-29-2015, 08:42 AM   #1
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Hey guys I'm having some problems with settling around my front porch.

When I first moved in the downspout was directing water in the wrong place and caused the problem but I am unsure what I can do to fix it. I would rather not remove the grass if I don't need to.
Can I add new top soil over the grass or is that's going to just make a mess?

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Old 08-29-2015, 09:05 AM   #2
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Hey guys I'm having some problems with settling around my front porch.

When I first moved in the downspout was directing water in the wrong place and caused the problem but I am unsure what I can do to fix it. I would rather not remove the grass if I don't need to.
Can I add new top soil over the grass or is that's going to just make a mess?

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You can add soil over the top, but it's best to break up the grass some first. I've done it both ways, and the only climate it really makes a difference is where you have droughts or fungus problems.

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While you could easily add soil over the top like mentioned above - why not rent a sod cutter, roll it up, add the soil and roll it back down. I would also slightly mound it so that when it settles some you wont have the same issue. Just make sure you have everything drain away from the house
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What I used to do is add sand over the grass. Enough to let the grass blades show thru. The sand works its way into the soil and lifts the valleys up.
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What I used to do is add sand over the grass. Enough to let the grass blades show thru. The sand works its way into the soil and lifts the valleys up.
This is exactly what I've done as well, with good results.
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Show us an updated pic when you get it fixed!
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I would remove the grass with a sod cutter, shovel some fresh dirt in there, put the sod back on, water liberally and be on my way. Doesn't have to take long.
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This is exactly what I've done as well, with good results.

I know a few landscapers that carry a container of sand and seed just like at the golf course for sanding divots. They infill spots here and there, over time they have a nice flat lawn.
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Had an old property with a mess of a lawn, mixed sand and top soil and it did a good job of leveling out and letting the grass grow through. Also, square point shovel works just as well as a sod cutter for a small area like that.
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I put top soil on an area in my lawn that kept sinking where a tree used to be. As the grass grew through it I kept adding more until I had it even. Worked like a charm.
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I put top soil on an area in my lawn that kept sinking where a tree used to be. As the grass grew through it I kept adding more until I had it even. Worked like a charm.
I'm surprised that doesn't kill the grass, learn something new everyday
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I put top soil on an area in my lawn that kept sinking where a tree used to be. As the grass grew through it I kept adding more until I had it even. Worked like a charm.
I didn't know fake grass could grow! Or was this at a different house?
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I didn't know fake grass could grow! Or was this at a different house?
My front yard is real.
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Hey guys I'm having some problems with settling around my front porch.

When I first moved in the downspout was directing water in the wrong place and caused the problem but I am unsure what I can do to fix it. I would rather not remove the grass if I don't need to.
Can I add new top soil over the grass or is that's going to just make a mess?

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Seriously. Put some dirt there to get a nice grade. Plant some grass seed. Move on. Gads.

Are you serious?
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Hey guys I'm having some problems with settling around my front porch.

When I first moved in the downspout was directing water in the wrong place and caused the problem but I am unsure what I can do to fix it. I would rather not remove the grass if I don't need to.
Can I add new top soil over the grass or is that's going to just make a mess?

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... almost forgot. If your downspout is "directing water in the wrong pace", then direct it to the right place.

Hope this helps.

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Seriously. Put some dirt there to get a nice grade. Plant some grass seed. Move on. Gads.



Are you serious?

Really you just needed to come in here and post that.

Are you serious?


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