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digging a pond

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by cutbetterthanyou, Mar 12, 2010.

  1. swim

    swim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 357

    A couple more pictures.
    I have not spread the topsoil back over the dam because I am waiting until I get some seed and straw so it does not all wash away.

    pond 036.jpg

    pond 043.jpg
  2. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,319

    That's a mud wallow not a pond!!
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  3. swim

    swim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 357

    Can you define what a mud wallow is?
    As I said I just finished it Tuesday this week.
    It started raining Wednesday and is starting to fill up. It is only starting to fill
    What is it suspose to look like when it is first finished and not full of water yet?

    I just finished my first pond. I recently bought a used skid steer with a backhoe attachment. Spent about $9000. Used and older, but a starting point anyway.

    My soil is clay with small rocks.
    My pond is in the shape of a triangle, with the sides about 100ft each. actually the work area is allot bigger, but I hope it is that size when it gets full. We will see.
    I only went about 6 feet deep. I wanted to make it so animals could walk down the slope to drink and get back out.
    I spent about 30 hours total.
    If you have never used anything but a shovel, The amount of work you can do is incredible.
    I will try to take a few pics tomorrow.
    Its been raining for a couple days and the water is about two feet deep.
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2010
  4. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,319

    Websters definition- a small muddy depression in the ground a hog will wallow in to cool down.
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  5. swim

    swim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 357

    Our original question was about a pond 50x75.
    That is what I responded to.
    It is a 3 acre field for livestock to use to drink.
    I was not building a lake or a 3 acre pond, that is why I answered the question he asked with information that would help him make a decision for a 50x75 foot pond.
    My situation is almost identical to what he is talking about.

    Some of these posts just wander all over the place.
    Lets try to stay on the topic a little.
  6. cutbetterthanyou

    cutbetterthanyou LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,178

    That is just about the size pond i want. I don't know why i said 50x75, that would be right small judging buy the pics. I think i want to go a little bigger like 100x100 or 150x150. I need to get to the property when it drys up and do some measuring. but it seems that a skid steer would be the best bet. Was the backhoe att. on the skid worth using on something this shallow couldn't you have just used the bucket or does a average size skid no have the power to dig into the earth.
  7. swim

    swim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 357

    I dug about 75% of it with the regular bucket.
    My bucket has a smooth front, which is designed to load loose materials, not dig with.
    A tooth bucket does a much better job digging and I will buy one very soon.
    There were a couple hard packed areas with rocks mixed in with the clay that the bucket was having trouble penetrating so I used the backhoe speed up digging allot.
    Plus I had no experience with it either, so I used it some to learn as well.
    My skid is only a medium size about 6000 pounds and does much better than I could have ever imagined at everything I have used it for so far (pond, digging stumps out, moving downed trees, etc.
  8. swim

    swim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 357

    It is not full of water yet. I will get some more pictures when it is.
    The water area now is only about 30 feet on each side and 2 feet deep.
    If I were building it for fish I would make it bigger and deeper.
    That is one of my projects for next winter.
  9. wanabe

    wanabe LawnSite Senior Member
    from So. IL
    Messages: 943

    Im just wondering, but will your pond dam hold when it gets full? I don't think using rocky soil like that would work for a pon dam arround here. It looks just like it was some fill placed in the low area?
  10. swim

    swim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 357

    It is the clay and rock that I dug out of the hole for the pond.
    You can see how red it is, allot of clay.
    It packed very hard as I drove the skid steer over it.
    It is my first pond, but I think it will hold just fine.
    If not I will build it stronger and bigger next winter.

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