Filling Yard Holes Dug by Pets

Dogs that like to dig can destroy your yard. Here's how to fix the mess they leave behind.

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When dogs dig holes, they don’t neatly pile the dirt next to the hole as if they had shoveled it out. Instead, it gets kicked out behind them so you can’t just put it back. Some people have ready access to extra dirt on their property. If not, you’ll need to buy it. You can repair by re-seeding or laying in a sod patch.

Tools Required

  • Straight-bladed shovel

Materials Required

  • Black dirt/topsoil
  • Grass seed
  • Sod

Project step-by-step (6)

Step 1

Fill the Hole

  • Fill in dirt up to the level of the surrounding soil.
  • Wet the soil down so it settles, then top it off as needed.

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Step 2

Seed the New Soil

  • Add grass seed and cover it with a thin layer of dirt.
  • Water as directed.

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