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Ah, I see.

Is there any big hurry on getting this completed? If not, give it time. I did a soil test on a 5000 sq. ft. lawn and it reported that they need 440 lbs of lime to adjust the pH (that seems like a heck of a lot for such a small lawn) all in one application. After application they suggested waiting 8 weeks before applying fertilizer as it will take that long for the pH to adjust.
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They moved into the house a month ago and want it looking perfect ASAP. My son has been hired at the local nuclear power plant whenhe is discharged (next july) and bought a home here. I think that is why they moved here (that and the costs of NY). Since my last post, my neighbor said his son would be moving back home and that the two of them would help me dig it out and fill it back in. I buy the materials, beer and pizza, and they will supply the back power.

He suggested I go down about 4 feet and put a layer of cement in and then back fill it.

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He suggested I go down about 4 feet and put a layer of cement in and then back fill it.
It would be something to take a soil sample each ft down and see how much this clorox effect the earth and how deep it went.

This could be a great article for you to submit to the local paper on the environment and what we can avoid doing so as to not be so destructive.
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Not sure how things work in your area, but around here unless you want your house taken away from you I would keep the whole thing as quiet as possible. We have five areas in our little town that were thought to have some type of contamination on the property. The next thing you know, you need to hire a licensed hazmat removal company come in and dig out your yard and replace all the soil, you need to have a company come in and drill test sites so that it can be monitored for years to come. One site I know they have been testing for over twenty years now, even though 15 years ago when I was on the city council one of the workers told me that the site had been clean for years but the company doing the testing wanted the residual income so they keep testing it. Also you get a little 8 X 10 shed on your property to house all the test equipment. This is all done at your expense. Also until the property is considered clean it can not be sold. Because of the expense and the fact that the testing company will never clear it, the property owners just move on and let the city take the property. Over the years four of the five buildings have been torn down and now have these little shacks for testing on them. Sad story but it has been done in my area.
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It would be something to take a soil sample each ft down and see how much this clorox effect the earth and how deep it went.

This could be a great article for you to submit to the local paper on the environment and what we can avoid doing so as to not be so destructive.
Yesterday, we took out about 120 cu. ft.(4x5x6). Shoveled it into a wheelbarrow, dumper the wheelbarrow onto a tarp, and then dumped the tarp into my tow behind dump trailer. mixed and poured about 2" of concrete into the hole and let it cure overnight. Today we will fill the hole with dirt (from a hole we dug yesterday) from the lawn behind the house where we will be putting up an 8 x 10 storage shed, and put the bad soil in that hole.

I will put about 30 cu.ft of topsoil over the new soil in the hole to finish it off.

I though hard about your newspaper idea but decided against it. It might bring unwanted attention to environmental and governmental concerns.

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Keep us posted on how this turns out. I'd love to see some pics of what your finaly landscape looks like.
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