How to Fill in a Yard After Removing an Aboveground Pool

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A depression is left in the ground when an aboveground pool is removed.
A depression is left in the ground when an aboveground pool is removed. (Image: Boiling Mud Pool image by threesalmon from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

An aboveground pool places hundreds of pounds of pressure on the soil underneath it, and the ground becomes compacted from the weight of the water. After dismantling an aboveground pool, the earth will need rehabilitating to remove the flat indention that has formed and bring life back into the soil. Simplify your renovation using a few landscaping items along with some basic lawn tools to make your yard look as good as new.

Things You'll Need

  • Landscaping paint
  • Rototiller
  • Yard rake
  • Board
  • Carpenter's level
  • Granulated fertilizer
  • Seed broadcaster
  • Grass seed
  • Turf roller
  • Garden hose

Define the work area with landscaping paint. Use the paint to draw a line around the old pool area in the shape of a square. Allow three feet from the edge of the pool impression to the sides of the square.

Use landscaping paint to mark off the work area.
Use landscaping paint to mark off the work area. (Image: spray image by Dragana Petrovic from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

Cultivate the hard-packed soil with a rototiller. Till the soil in a north-to-south direction, and then in an east-to-west direction. Remove all rocks and other debris.

Cultivate the soil with a rototiller.
Cultivate the soil with a rototiller. (Image: 現役の耕運機 image by kelly marken from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

Rake the dirt with a yard rake in the same manner as you tilled, going from north to south and east to west. Smooth over ridges in the soil with the rake, and frequently check the surface level of the ground. To adjust for levelness, lay an 8-foot board on a raked area, and place a carpenter's level on top. The level will show you where to add or remove soil.

Use a rake to smooth out the soil.
Use a rake to smooth out the soil. (Image: jardinier image by Nath Photos from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

Amend the soil with all-purpose fertilizer granules. The amount to use will vary and depend on the size of your work area; follow the application chart shown on the fertilizer sack.

Use granules of all-purpose fertilizer to amend the soil.
Use granules of all-purpose fertilizer to amend the soil. (Image: coffee granules image by Edsweb from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

Use a seed broadcaster to apply grass seed over the work area. Spread the seed as evenly as you can to prevent grass from growing in clumps.

Apply grass seed with a seed broadcaster.
Apply grass seed with a seed broadcaster. (Image: grass seed image by Alison Bowden from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

Utilize a turf roller to press the grass seed into the earth and to flatten the surface of your work area. Roll from north to south and then from east to west.

Use a turf roller to press grass seed into the soil.
Use a turf roller to press grass seed into the soil. (Image: large grass roller image by Alison Bowden from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

Use a garden hose to water the soil; adjust the hose nozzle to a gentle spray so as not to dislodge the grass seed. Water the entire seeded area until puddles begin to form. Water daily for 10 days.

Use a garden hose to water grass seed.
Use a garden hose to water grass seed. (Image: garden serpent image by Adam Borkowski from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

Tips & Warnings

  • A rototiller, seed broadcaster, and small-sized turf roller can be rented at a tool rental center; all other items can be purchased at a home improvement center.
  • A rototiller can be dangerous. Keep children well away from the work area.

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References

  • "Landscaping Principles and Practices"; Jack E. Ingels; 2009
  • "Rodale&#039;s All-New Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening: The Indispensable Resource for Every Gardener"; Fern Marshall Bradley, Barbara W. Ellis; 1993
  • "Safe and Easy Lawn Care"; Barbara Ellis; 1997
  • "Taylor&#039;s Master Guide to Gardening"; Rita Buchanan, Roger Holmes; 2001
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