Low spot in back yard got lower

Discussion in 'Lawn Care/Landscaping' started by teve, Mar 10, 2012.

  1. teve

    teve Member

    Aug 27, 2011
    In the back yard, by the back fence, a roughly 6'x10' area of ground seems to have dropped or settled a few inches. It's next a pole with underground power/phone/cable. There is an ice/water puddle formed there that wasn't there last year. From the grass I can see near the edge it does seem a little more sloped. A portion of the fence is also leaning a bit. I'll be more certain when snow is gone. Everything is working OK, but should I do anything in the spring?
  2. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa DIYer, not in the trades

    Feb 6, 2011
    NW Ontario, Canada
    It does sound like settling but could also be frost heaving. Often when a trench is backfilled, it may react differently as the frost is leaving the ground.

    I roll my yard in Spring while the ground is still sopping wet and then plug aerate after it dries up a bit. I then redistribute the plugs, taking them from the high spots and leaving them in the low spots. I also top dress with compost which tends to go on a little thicker in the low spots. After repeating this for about 20 years, the results are noticable.
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