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Reclaiming my pond bank. Pic heavy.


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#1 coldone OFFLINE  

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Posted March 23, 2011 - 08:20 PM

Well as the title says I am trying to reclaim the far side of my pond. The pond came with the house when i bought it. Turns out the the PO of the place stiffed the guy digging the pond so only about half of the work got done. The side nearest the house has a nice gentle slope to it that i can mow with my regular mower. The far side is a different story. It has sharp drop offs from a flat "Track". In some places the track is only about 3 feet wide and in others it is about 5 feet. On the woods side of the track there are piles of dirt where the backhoe had scooped out from the pond. On the pond side there are the drop offs, in some spots it was stright down for about 2-3 feet. There was one section that is mowable but its only about 1/3rd of the bank, even mowing it is Iffy sometimes due to the slope.

I started off by Bush hogging with the gravely. I cut the track area first. it had been 6 years since I had set foot on that section. It was covered in wild black berry canes. After I had the track cut down I started tackling what i could of the drop offs and hogging them. Then I decided to use the rotary plow to lossen up the "corners", where the track are started into the drop offs and steep slopes. After a day of that i then hooked up the turning plow to the massey 1855. I started turning the track area and breaking it up. Next I used the sears scrapeblade to start moving the loosened dirt around. After I knocked rotary plowed corners down, I could back down and start pulling straight up the hill from the pond to the woods. In doing all this, the track area started to disappear and turn into a gentle slope.

So Far i am about 1/3rd of the way done with the rough land scaping. I am hoping that when the roughing part is done, that i can come in with the harrows (disc and drag) and smooth it all out then reseed with grass. I would also like to plant a few fruit trees over there also. The ultimate goal is to at least be able to maintain the area with just regular mowing.


So onto the pics. Sorry no action shots as i have been doing this by myself while hunny bunny has been watching the kids.

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Posted March 23, 2011 - 08:28 PM

Found a before pic.

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Posted March 23, 2011 - 08:32 PM

Thanks for the pics!
Looks like your moving right along

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Posted March 24, 2011 - 05:34 AM

You made one heck of a dent on the bank. Got any fish in that there pond?

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Posted March 24, 2011 - 06:17 AM

If there are fish, my poles are ready to get wet.
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Posted March 24, 2011 - 05:51 PM

Quite the project, but great for seat time. That before pic clearly shows you've accomplished a LOT!

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Posted March 24, 2011 - 07:26 PM

Nice job! Glad you got some seat time and a job accomplished at the same time.

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Posted March 24, 2011 - 07:27 PM

The before pic is after using the bush cutter on the black berry canes.

There are a few brim in the pond but they aint big enough to think about eatin. When it gets a little warmer I will take the kids fishing in it. Its always fun to get home, digg a few worms and see the kids having fun.

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Posted March 24, 2011 - 08:00 PM

The before picture sure shows all the work that you've been doing.It's comming along nicely,it's easy to see why you've been getting all that extra seat time.Larry

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Posted March 24, 2011 - 08:14 PM

Do you have control over the water inflow, so you can raise the level?

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Posted March 24, 2011 - 09:10 PM

Do you have control over the water inflow, so you can raise the level?


Not really. It is fed by runnoff from the surrounding land. If I dam up the out flow all i will succed in doing is to flood my garden area.

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Posted April 01, 2011 - 06:53 PM

good job, lookin good!




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