Guess who is out having fun? (It's ME!) Planning wildlife pond for backyard


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I saw where you want and have already had wildlife to your pond. yes those tracks look like coon or possum. EITHER WAY YOU CAN SEE THE SHARP CLAWS!!!! i would lean toward putting a thick non woven underlayment i would try to find some 8 oz . it is cheap insurance against claws. IN the pond before you start rocking but be advised that a little higher sides would be recommended to keep the water from whicking out of the pond. They also have concrete on a sheet " just add water but i doubt it is cheap.

The other thing i have seen alot of is to have small pockets OUTSIDE of the rocks along the edge of the pond where instead of rolling up extra liner to use it dig little planters where water seeps in to these spots from the pond and allows for more wetland plants to absorb nutrients from the pond. this also breaks up the string or pearls look and softens the edge of the pond, Great naturalizing effect
 
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I saw where you want and have already had wildlife to your pond. yes those tracks look like coon or possum. EITHER WAY YOU CAN SEE THE SHARP CLAWS!!!! i would lean toward putting a thick non woven underlayment IN the pond before you start rocking but be advised that a little higher sides would be recommended to keep the water from whicking out of the pond
Yes, I'm going to do the "sandwich" method with underlay, liner, then thicker underlayment as "overlay." I will definitely build up the sides more in the finishing work!
 

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I put extra liner just under a few big rocks. OW my liner had managed to survive raccoons, deer hooves, me
 
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One thing to remember when it comes time to rocking the pond A lot of times it's not so much how large the boulders are but how big they appear . case in point if you take a large flat rock and stand it on edge and have a second similar colored rock standing up or angled up is a better word. you can make the rock look like a boulder and hide the back side with dirt bushes or even a tree stump. Go for a walk along a stream and see how mother nature works around obstructions . and stump dumps heck you could get real lucky there people give stumps away or pay you to take them. and you can always use moss or plants to hide where the two rocks come together,
 
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Here is the latest: Like so many others in the southeast, we are having RIDICULOUS amounts of rain. I think I'm growing moss on my head. It is crazy. Ever since we had an addition put on our house - 18 years ago - the grading of the ground out back has been wonky. We go through alternating periods of drought, though, so we will have years when rain is no problem. This year, though, we have it pooling up in inconvenient places and me digging the pond and building berms around the pond hasn't helped. The right thing to do is going to be a literal pain in the neck, back, arms, butt, etc. But the time to fix it is NOW, before I have everything all beautiful. I need to either dig a trench around the pond and put in perforated pipe directing the water to the back of the yard -- AND/OR dig a gravel well in the low spot, to give the water time to percolate out into the ground, rather than pooling up. Our lot is on high ground - we are up on a hill - so there's no danger of water coming up under the pond liner or anything, thank goodness. It's just a matter of giving the excess water somewhere to go till it seeps down into the soil and eventually ends up at the neighborhood creeks and low ground. But what a pain! I just want to be done with the grunt work and start doing the creative stuff!!!!!! But, since I haven't saved enough for rocks yet, I guess this will give me something to do in the meantime. Keeps me out of trouble!
 
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since I haven't saved enough for rocks yet,
If you have purchased the liner i would place it in the hole for the pond to help control the amount of water in the pond it should help keep the sides from collapsing. getting a perforated pipe in the bottom will help as well .
 
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Actually @ GBBUDD, the water isn't running, leaking, or seeping into the pond. All with the pond itself is great. And the sides carved out of this Ga red clay are like concrete. Solid, solid, solid. That's why I have to use a sledgehammer to get through it. For the rain falling in from the sky, I have a giant plastic drop cloth and I just pump it out periodically. Nothing is running in, thankfully. All the stuff to do with the pond itself is going fine. It's the general hassle in the rest of the surrounding property that is the problem. And me taking up space with my pond is making water pool up in other areas. Now it is more of a "put the pond on the back burner and deal with things that should have been fixed 18 years ago" situation. (I much prefer doing the fun work - the pond. Not the work work. Blech.)
 
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i was not so lucky ... my sides began to give way under the patio which is one of the reasons why i built the cinder block wall
Oh no!!!!! Yes, when I'm trying to fracture through this ground, and grumbling the whole time, I try to remind myself that it's actually a positive, in spite of all the work. It's very solid.
 
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you can always get a small hammer drill and place a spoon or a chisel point that will make the job a lot easier
 
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I thought I would post a few pictures of the situation. In dry years, it's a non-issue. When it's super wet like it has been, it's a mess!! Prior to me digging the pond, that whole area would be squishy. Now that I have the pond there, and have a little berm around it, all the run off goes right where we want to walk.
 

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I am using old towels and things to keep my dirt piles from washing away in the rain. The backyard looks like a JUNKYARD and the husband is not thrilled in the least. At least no one can see it! One day, it will be beautiful. Just not today. Or tomorrow. Or the next day. :LOL:
 
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In the area in the second picture, I plan to plant "rain garden" type perennials that will thrive in either wet or dry conditions.
 
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In the area in the second picture, I plan to plant "rain garden" type perennials that will thrive in either wet or dry conditions.
what are those black stacked plastic piles next to the covered grill in the first pic?
 
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what are those black stacked plastic piles next to the covered grill in the first pic?
Those are the aqua blocks that will go in the bottom of the intake bay. I have them assembled so I can use them to properly size the hole I'm digging.
 
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I thought so are you planning a bog as well with blocks
 
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I thought so are you planning a bog as well with blocks
I'm going to have a bog but it will be filled with rock, rather than blocks. It will only be 2 (ish) feet deep, so I think I will be good with just the rocks.
 
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I am using old towels and things to keep my dirt piles from washing away in the rain. The backyard looks like a JUNKYARD and the husband is not thrilled in the least.
I had a tarp as a yard all last fall...where people could see it. You have to do what you have to do.
 

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