Filling in the sink holes

There were numerous sink holes in our yard that needed to be filled in. If my foot got caught in one of those holes, I could hurt myself. In the past, David tried to fill up the holes with dirt, but the dirt “melted” and the holes reappeared. So, I called my yardman, Nolie, to come over and give me advice.

He advised that black sand be used to level the holes. Then, in one area that was super large, top soil and sod should be added on top of the sand. I approved his plan, and this is how it looked.

Nolie filled this large area with black sand, top soil, and sod:

He filled the smaller holes with black sand. He said that grass would sprout up through the sand, and the area would eventually be covered with grass: It looks unsightly right now, but it will look better in the near future.

16 Responses to “Filling in the sink holes”

  1. DavidH Says:

    I really admire you for looking at ways to improve our home. You have made many improvements in the inside and now you are focusing on the outside. You certainly have an eye for beauty!

  2. tomthebackroadstraveller Says:

    …I hope that it works.

  3. Doug M Says:

    The important thing is, it now looks level. You & David have a nice piece of property, and you can tell you guys take care of it.

  4. Valerie-Jael Says:

    Glad you got this done, things like that can be dangerous. Have a great weekend, Valerie

  5. Wisewebwoman Says:

    Great solution, I hope it all pleases you when the grass comes through.


  6. DJan Says:

    Glad to hear it will all work out the way you want. Looks a little strange right now, though. 🙂

  7. Arkansas Patti Says:

    So glad you got that potential hazard taken care off. Makes me wonder what caused them in the first place.

  8. AC Says:

    Will it keep sinking? Is this a temporary fix?

    • gigihawaii Says:

      The black sand is supposed to be better than dirt. It is supposed to be permanent and won’t “melt” like the soil did when David poured it into the holes years ago.

  9. Elephant's Child Says:

    What causes the sink holes. They do sound dangerous and I am very glad that you have been able to have them fixed.
    I imagine that in your climate it won’t take the grass long at all and then it will look wonderful as well.

  10. honoluluaunty91 Says:

    I have some sink holes and if I did down deep enough, the dirt disappears into holes in hollow lava tubes. To combat that, I fill with medium size rocks, bigger rocks, then smaller rocks. Kaimuki has so much rocks that everytime I weed or plant something, I hit a rock that I take out if I can. Sometimes they are boulders that I leave in.

    Your yardman did a good job! It will look wonderful in a few months.

  11. Nancy Chan Says:

    I hope the sink holes won’t reappear again. Uneven floor could cause us to trip and hurt ourselves.

  12. Christine Says:

    Good that you got it seen to. Here we would sprinkle grass seed and water for 5-7 days and the grass sprouts.

  13. dkzody Says:

    The “sinkholes” appear to be in all one place, in a line, which makes me think there was something there before your yard and home was put in.

  14. Far Side Says:

    My guess is that something, trees etc were buried there a long time ago, after years they rotted and caused the holes… looks like you got a good fix:)

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