Building a new extension

We loved our house from the first time we went through, but it really didn't have enough living space. We have worked on improving the layout of the home and increasing the living area of the home to create a modern and more pleasant layout to the home. We are really proud of how the job has turned out and we wanted to share some of the details of how the extension and layout changes where designed and constructed. This blog has some of the photos of our extension as well as tips that we have learnt along the journey,.

How To Permanently Refill A Tree Stump Hole


If you have a tree stump that has been left behind after a tree removal process, it is important to get rid of it for a number of reasons. Once you have had the tree stump removed, you also have your work cut out for you in terms of reclaiming the gaping hole left behind. Below, see how you can work on this problem to make your compound whole again.

Remove loose soil from the hole

Once a tree stump has been removed, there will be a lot of loose top soil left inside the hole. This loose top soil has to be removed first because it's not stable enough and will only worsen the hole with time. You can use a spade or a mini excavator to carry out this step. Remove all the loose soil at the bottom of the hole and around the sides.

Fill hole with soil

Once done, fill the now-larger hole with soil. You can get the ideal type of soil from a landscaping supplies store or you can collect it manually from the environment around you. The best type of soil to add should be well-draining, e.g. sandy-loamy soil. Add the soil to the brim of the stump hole such that it leaves a small mound above ground level.

Compress the fresh soil inside hole

Next, compress the newly-added soil inside the hole. This can be done using any professional or crude technique. You can hire a drum roller or you can even step over the hole continuously until you're comfortable that the soil is tightly packed in the hole. This step helps to ensure that no empty gaps have been left anywhere inside the stump hole.

Pour water in hole and leave to settle

Even after compressing the soil, a stump hole could still sink later on due to moisture changes in the soil. To avoid this happening later on, fill the hole with water. Ensure that the soil is completely drenched. Once done, leave the hole for a few days. The soil will settle marginally depending on how well you compressed the soil. Once done, you can now be comfortable that the hole will not sink any further.

Add more earth till level

You can now add a top layer of fresh earth to the hole. In fact, you can use the loose top soil that you excavated earlier on before filling the hole. The top soil is ideal because it favours gardening. Add it till it reaches the ground level. There's no need to compress it.

Your stump hole is now permanently filled. You can now lay turf, plant grass or even leave the spot as is.


9 August 2016