Q&A: How much would it cost to hire someone to remove two small ponds?

30 May

Question by JUSTINE: How much would it cost to hire someone to remove two small ponds?
We have two small ponds in the yard, as well as the remnants of what used to be an “island” of trees and bushes which have been mostly removed. We would like the ponds removed and turned to grass. And we would like the remains of the island to be taken away and turned into grass. How much would it cost to have the ponds taken out and then the island?

I have already contacted a few landscaping companies in the area two weeks ago but I have not heard back.

Best answer:

Answer by pondlady
Sounds like they don’t want the job because it’s small. Put an ad on Craigslist to get rid of the rocks, then call a fill/hauling company. They will arrive with fill, put it in the ponds, then you can put sod over the area. Cost will depend on the amount of fill needed, labor and sod.

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3 Responses to “Q&A: How much would it cost to hire someone to remove two small ponds?”

  1. Slave2fads May 30, 2009 at 3:58 am #

    Pond lady is right. It doesn’t sound profitable enough for a big company to bother with. I assume you are talking about the black platistic ponds. Someone on craigslist would take them for free. The job of filling them in could be done by one hardworking guy with a pickup and a wheelbarrow. Put an ad on craigslist or in your local paper.

  2. Wingman May 30, 2009 at 4:50 am #

    Justine, I think you’ve come to approach the landscaping contractors in the wrong way, or at least you are not contacting those who are just eager for such a job. What you need to realize is that, to your advantage, many landscaping contractors are offering free estimates, which is good because that’s the best way to figure out what you can do for your budget and get the most competitive deal around in your area. Here’s a great link to a handyman site that offers free very resourceful information to assist you in determining the cost of your project, and, ultimately, selecting a local landscaping contractor in an effort to get the best deal for you:

    Info on local landscaping contractors:


    I’m sure you’ll find the information you need, specifically the tips, useful as it relates to being treated fairly by contractors and exploring the consumer-wise approach of getting free written estimates to find the best contractor in your area.

    The Internet. Just whatever is available online and what I have on my mind, including the inclusion of relevant sites, like the one cited that came about from my efforts, which is intended to be useful. Helping people get the relevant info they want is great.

  3. Kanzan May 30, 2009 at 5:23 am #

    This should be of help to you with finding an appropriate landscaping company.


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