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Leveling out backyard pit - Sand + topsoil?

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  • May 16th, 2020 1:01 am
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Apr 24, 2006
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Leveling out backyard pit - Sand + topsoil?

I had 2 little sheds where the base was getting eroded from improper drainage (close to house) and a groundhog made a home so we decided to just get rid of the sheds. There was a little "pit" maybe 2ft by 4dt and maybe about a 1 ft deep.

I filled it with just regular topsoil but noticed some "squishy" parts after some of this rain. After googling it says I should have mixed my topsoil with sand?

Is this what I should do? Just mix in some sand or do I have to dog out some of the soil and then mix it with sand and put it back?

Can I pick up this sand at home depot or lowes?

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May 15, 2020
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Thornhill ON
I would first fill the depressions with gravel leaving maybe 4-5 inch space on top, then 2 put 2 inch mix of play sand +black earth, then 2 inch of top soil. If the plan is to put grass or some plants over it, i would add some manure to the sand/soil layer. This is purely based on my experience, as i am not a gardening guru in any way. I did a similar repair in my backyard couple years back and my wife planted tomatos over that spot and it turned out really well.