How to Get Rid of Fill Dirt

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Things You'll Need

  • Shovel

  • Wheelbarrow

  • Compost pile

  • Garden beds

Extra fill dirt can pose a big problem if you can't find anywhere to put it quickly. In just a couple of weeks, you'll begin to have problems with grass kill and erosion, and after that you may start to see your mound become a weed temple. Since it will inevitably cause problems, you might as well get rid of it as soon as possible to keep the consequences to a minimum.


Step 1

List your fill dirt for sale in a local classified publication or online. You may be surprised at how many people will come and load your fill dirt up and take it away simply because it is free.

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Step 2

Fill in low-lying areas in your yard. Fill your wheelbarrow as much as is necessary, then scatter the dirt over the grass in any depressed areas. Use a wide broom to sift the dirt down beneath the grass stems and leaves, and then repeat this step in about a week or so. The level will gradually rise.

Step 3

Mix portions of the fill dirt with kitchen scraps, leaves, and lawn cuttings to start a compost pile. It will save you quite a bit of money on fertilizers and soil amendments for gardening projects, and the dirt helps balance the loose organic ingredients.

Step 4

Spread dirt evenly over your garden beds. Mix with last year's mulch and churn down to about a foot deep. In essence, you'll be setting in motion a composting process right where it is needed most every spring.


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