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Re: POND EXPANSION PROJECT
« Reply #40 on: June 19, 2018, 03:02:40 PM »
Maggie--you and Jim really got it looking good.  hope the rain holds out for you.
Question-- Is that cattails I see on the left side of the pond and lilly pads on this end.  If so, you sure have 2 bad boys to try and conrol, as if you don't already know that.  Hope not.

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Re: POND EXPANSION PROJECT
« Reply #41 on: June 21, 2018, 11:46:37 AM »

Ben the cattails will be moved to the silt pond and the waterlilies will stay although many of them are being ripped out as Jim cleans up the edges.

BOG End of the pond.
This is Post lowering the pond 3 feet but before we cut the weeds on  the bank.



After clearing the weeds:



From the opposite side:


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Re: POND EXPANSION PROJECT
« Reply #42 on: June 21, 2018, 04:16:39 PM »
It sure cleaned up good.  Thanks for the extra pictures.

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Re: POND EXPANSION PROJECT
« Reply #43 on: June 22, 2018, 06:09:41 AM »
Jim is working on cleaning up the bog area. The  left side upper edge is the exit of the pond: The scrub trees cattails and yellow flag fill up the right bottom corner All of it will be removed,
 I panned from left to right and stitched the photos together so it is not a true image but the best I can do for now



Finally turned the corner in the bog!






More to come......
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Re: POND EXPANSION PROJECT
« Reply #44 on: June 22, 2018, 07:14:02 AM »
It's going to look beautiful when done and filled in
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Re: POND EXPANSION PROJECT
« Reply #45 on: June 22, 2018, 09:23:35 PM »
Wish I had your energy.

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Re: POND EXPANSION PROJECT
« Reply #46 on: July 11, 2018, 06:16:13 AM »
Time for an update:
The weather has been perfect for working on the pond.

Jim almost slid into the pond 3 times working in this short run  from the bog to the ferns.It is steeper and mushier than it appears in the photo.


Once he reach the ferns he went around to the pine tree on the far right and  worked his way back.

First thing was to remove a lot of scrub trees and several old elm stumps on the west side between the ferns on the left and the white pine on the right.






Using a scythe we hand cut the cattails loaded them into the gator and dumped them out at our brush pile.

After about 6 hours it looked like this:



Back to digging. The cattails are gone along with all the stumps and scrubby bushes and saplings:



We had a big rainstorm late in the afternoon yesterday.I took this photo this morning:



The next step is to rebuild the dam and get ready for the guy with the bulldozer to clean up the mess we have on shore.
We still have  some little touch up here and there that needs to be done before he comes, IE the beach area still has to be tapered off  and some trees need to be taken down to give him room to move the dirt around.
The operator is thinking he can be here the first week in August.




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Re: POND EXPANSION PROJECT
« Reply #47 on: July 11, 2018, 07:17:49 AM »
You folks made some awesome progress in a fairly short time.
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Re: POND EXPANSION PROJECT
« Reply #48 on: July 11, 2018, 07:22:54 AM »
Thanks Mike!
The weather has been pleasant which is why we are able to work longer days.

A few of the Pond Critters waiting for the chaos to be over with:












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Re: POND EXPANSION PROJECT
« Reply #49 on: July 11, 2018, 09:54:04 PM »
Maggie,

Will you stock the pond with more fish? What type fish are able to make it through your winters? Does the pond freeze solid? Texas minds are curious about New York winters ::)

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Re: POND EXPANSION PROJECT
« Reply #50 on: July 12, 2018, 05:09:58 AM »
No the pond can not freeze solid. It is over 10 -12 ft deep in two large areas.
Yes the main reason we started the project was to make it a healthy environment again for raising fish.
We are trying to be as self sufficient as possible.

We will stock it with shiners, fat head minnows, crayfish,yellow perch and large mouth bass. With 2 sections at 10 ft and 12 ft and  if we can get the pond back to completely clear water we will throw in a few rainbow trout also.
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Re: POND EXPANSION PROJECT
« Reply #51 on: July 12, 2018, 08:50:33 AM »
Wow, looks great guys. Hats off
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Re: POND EXPANSION PROJECT
« Reply #52 on: July 13, 2018, 05:19:49 AM »
Thanks  USMC130FE!
 It is getting there!
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