Seth Peterson wrote:
... plant willow stakes along this edge, to secure erosion and prevent ducks from having access and tearing up the 'uphill shoreline' of the pond.
Michael Cox wrote:Living stakes - they root really easily and do an excellent job of bank stabilisation along river and pond edges. Can't say if they will break your seal, although I suspect not, especially once they have dropped a few years worth of organic matter in to bulk up your anaerobic layer.
If you are planning multiple pond sites then perhaps a test is in order?
Cj Verde wrote:If they are weeping willows, I recommend you keep them pollarded. They grow quickly and can get away from you. If you keep them pollarded, it's also easier to harvest for fodder.
Mark Pressler wrote:Michael, great thread. I'd like to ask the opinions of the group: I'm hoping to acquire a property soon that is mostly wooded and mostly sloped. I'd like to have ponds installed on the slopes for water catchment and like the pig method. My concern is all the trees and the likelihood of uncovering lots of roots. I don't mind if some trees have to come down but I'm wondering if there would be problems sealing because of the roots?
Mark Pressler wrote:Thanks Michael. I was concerned more with the trees themselves affecting the water holding abilities of the pond with roots growing and so on.
Betty Lamb wrote: Michael, what a fascinating thread, thanks so much for sharing! So, if I get a few pigs in there, I could seal this pond? we have a good clay layer but this pond leaks (as you can see). I have never had pigs, but I've been looking into getting 3 Berkshires, in your opinion, would this be a good breed for this project? Pigs are magical it would seem....
Chris Barton wrote:But blimey, if they can do it on that terrain then they can do it on the sticky clay mush we have where I am.
Sir, I salute you.
Zach Muller wrote:Thats awesome! Are you planning to introduce any other aquatic species? What is the main thing that is oxygenating the pond right now? Wind?
Im sooo going to recreate this whole process with ducks rather than pigs. Kudos Michael.
Wayne fajkus wrote:Thinking about throwing leaves and horse manure in it. I wont get the trample effect but might get a good scum layer on the bottom.
Walter Jeffries wrote:It is very important to choose the right spot with sufficient clay in the soil.