Dan Boone wrote:How much (if you care to estimate, or happen to know) of your land's visibly barren character is inherent in its location and climate, versus how much of it is down to human disturbance, overgrazing, goats, or whatever the history of people there has wrought?
Steve Farmer wrote:Goats are a local problem that I have observed. A goat farmer might own just enough land to house his goats standing shoulder to shoulder, then takes them scavenging across "unused" land for days at a time to. I get visits a couple of times a year from hundreds of goats. Fencing requires planning permission, and is expensive.
Daniel Kaplan wrote:Fun! Glad to see you putting the water to use.
Does the first check dam have any overflow point? It sort of looks like any overflow would go off the side which could wash out the bank.
Steve Farmer wrote:...tonnes of silt showed up in a couple of days, for free. An unexpected bonus...
Tyler Ludens wrote: the depression seems to be rather deep, you can probably make the dams deeper and wider so a larger amount of soil is retained behind them. Any little depression like that could have a check dam or several check dams, depending on how many rocks you can gather.
Daniel Kaplan wrote:At first I though "That's a bit hasty to be putting in a dam. There's no way to hold all the water from a rain, overflow pipe won't keep up, etc." But why not? It will take a bit more engineering to make a full on dam but it's probably doable. If it was me, however I think I'd go for something like a semipermeable gabion that filled side swales while the water was running. I just think that would be easier to make.....