Just took out my backyard above ground pool. It requires about 18 yards of
top soil to fill it back in (was a 24' round pool). How do you smooth out
the soil over a large space like that as a home owner with no power
equipment? Is there some trick like dragging around a log or something that
will level it out? Help
If the removed pool was above ground (see your post), why does it take all
that soil? The typical Dixie dump truck holds 12 yards.
Above ground pools are not placed directly on sod, usually a bed of sand.
No excavation required.
Loose soil can be easily evened out with a bow rake upside down.
If you have a riding mower, go to a fencing company and beg or buy a about 2
yards of old used 6 foot high chain link mesh and a tension bar. Using a
rope or better a chain, drag it behind the mower, some weights can increase
the effectiveness. The chain links will cut down the high spots and drag the
soil into the low areas after roughly leveling it out. The mower will help
pack it down. You will have to repeat going over the area until it is packed
down and flattened out. It also works with fine gravel on a driveway. Saves
some back breaking labor in getting the final level.
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