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Old 2015-08-09, 11:59 AM
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The soil around my basement window well and the side of my house has settled and appears to have eroded away. I would like to fill it in but I am not sure what kind of dirt I should use. Any suggestions?


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Remove the existing sod and any topsoil. Build up the slope with heavy clay based soil, then put back the top soil and sod. With this, water will run off before it soaks in.
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Remove the existing sod and any topsoil. Build up the slope with heavy clay based soil, then put back the top soil and sod. With this, water will run off before it soaks in.
Thanks for the information. I did not realize I should be using a clay-based soil to prevent water flowing through it. I assumed the opposite.

Do you have any idea where I can get clay-based soil? Does Home Depot sell it in bags?


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Thanks for the information. I did not realize I should be using a clay-based soil to prevent water flowing through it. I assumed the opposite.

Do you have any idea where I can get clay-based soil? Does Home Depot sell it in bags?


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Clay is less permeable, so it will not allow the water to penetrate that layer at a fast rate.
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If you are near a construction site, dig some up.
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I can't seem to find any stores that sell clay-based soil in small quantities. Some landscaping companies sell it but I don't want a truck load of it dropped off. I'm hoping to get it in prepackaged bags so I don't have any leftover soil. Are bags of clay-based soil sold anywhere in Ottawa?
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Just bring some HD buckets.
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Perhaps try one of those places that sell landscape products - mulch, soil, stone etc

They may have some 'fill' available that they could bag for you.
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Does it matter if the soil contains alot of rocks/gravel in it? I have been looking around online and a number of people are offering free "fill". Most of it appears to be a mixture of clay, gravel, and topsoil. Is this suitable for my needs, or should it be gravel free?

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rocks and gravel are the exact opposite of what you want - they are very permeable. even silty soil will be fine if you can't find clay based. try to grade it away from the house.

where are you located? there are plenty of construction sites in north Oakville where you can bring a few buckets and get all you want. go for the red stuff.

edit - nevermind - I see you're in Ottawa. just for fun, you can check out Ottawa soil maps - http://sis.agr.gc.ca/cansis/publicat...-v1_report.pdf and an interesting article on Ottawa soil conditions (there should be lots of clay around) - http://www.sandyhill.ca/ottawa-soil-...struction.html

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