How to Get Rid of Fill Dirt

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.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Compost pile
  • Garden beds

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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.

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.

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.

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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