2 years ago our son had a backhoe and he dug one very deep hole in the pond (trying to see how deep the grey clay was)..and that hole held water really well all summer long. Last year our neighbors had a backhoe and let Joel borrow it for a few hours, and he enlarged the pond by 1/3 and dug the new area a bit deeper than the rest of the pond, that area is still holding water even though most of the pond is dry right now from the severe drought we have been having. The hope is to rent a backhoe again soon, and dig the shallow areas of the pond deep enough to where they will hold water all summer long, possibly enlarge the pond, and also to someday put in a freshwater inlet to keep the pond level up and hopefully put in some fish.
|This is the same view, after a horrible drought, the pond|
mostly has gone dry except the far end where it is
deeper, after this shot he drove the tractor in there and
scraped out several of the cattails and got it ready
for the backhoe rental.
|this is the North bank of the pond after Joel enlarged it|
in 2009, the pond is about 175 x 50 to 75 feet right now.
This photo was taken when it was full of water before the drought
where it went mostly dry, two deeper areas held water.