How to Make Dirt Hard

Hardened dirt can be used in many applications, including patios and driveways. Making dirt hard entails adding sand and lime in specific ratios. Using a wheelbarrow to mix all the elements will make your dirt hardening project go easier.

Add lime and sand to harden dirt.

Hardening Your Dirt

Step 1

Shovel up clean dirt from your yard or purchase fresh dirt at a home service center. Empty it into three buckets, then pour the three buckets into the wheelbarrow.

Step 2

Fill up one of the buckets with clean sand. Empty the sand-filled bucket into your wheelbarrow.

Step 3

Pour a bag of lime into one of the buckets until full. Empty out the bucket of lime into the wheelbarrow.

Step 4

Use the shovel to stir the lime, sand and dirt in the wheelbarrow. Mix the three ingredients until they are thoroughly combined.

Step 5

Move the wheelbarrow to the desired location for the hardened dirt and dump out the wheelbarrow's contents. Level out the area with the back of the shovel or by pushing a 2-by-4-inch board across the surface until smooth.

Step 6

Use a tamper to further compact and harden the dirt. Tamp the dirt for three to five minutes to ensure the mixture is properly compacted.