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I was reading the articles about burying wood in sandy soil; would lining the pit with grass like they do in India help?  They take 8 inches of fresh cut grass and pack it around the hole they want to retain water.  As the grass goes to slim it becomes water proof.  Then lay the wood in and cover with compost and mulch.  Would planting a nitro fixer like clover help to start the decomposition prosses?  
 
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Sorry Stephanie, I can't make out what you're trying to accomplish here. Can you rephrase your goals, what steps you think will achieve them, and then add what questions you might have about the process?
 
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In India when they want to make a pond they take fresh cut crass and pack it around the hole  The grass has to be packed in thick.  You know how grass will go all slimy if it is left in a pile; nothing grows under it because no water gets threw it.  Now I am talking about grass not straw or hay and it has to be fresh cut.  They take about 8 inches thick pile and then pack it to the wall of the soon to be pond.  The entire pond is covered with about 8 to 10 inches of grass.  When it is slimy the pond will hold water longer; not forever but longer.
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