Ponds and Water Gardening forum: Help with farm pond!

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ncjl2000
May 13, 2018 6:23 PM CST
Hi! We recently bought a house with some land and a pond. This is the first time we've managed a pond and I'm looking for some help!

The water isn't a good color, and I think the main cause of that is water running off the clay slope nearby (no grass) and constantly adding dirty water to the pond.

There's a white pole in the middle of the pond - I assume it controls the pond level but I'm not sure? Any idea how these work?

There also a well / well pump cover near the pond but I haven't taken it off yet, I have no idea about wells.

I'm tying to get advice on a few things:

1. Whether I can control the water height and what I should look for to find out if the well is working properly

2. Best ways to stop clay water filling the pond? I'm starting to build a dry creek to run the water down from the large slope, and then rip rap around the edge of the pond - hopefully this will filter out some of the clay?

3. How best to improve it aesthetically? Remove all of the growth around the edge of the pond?

Any advice is appreciated!

Thanks!!
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Frillylily
May 14, 2018 9:17 AM CST
First the area where there is lots of clay.... how long has it been since you got lots of rain, I'm wondering if this area actually is part OF the pond and fills w water during times of heavy rains? The area may not hold water well (it drains out slowly aka a leaky pond) OR it may have just dried up some. The pole is probably there to tell you how deep the water is. I strongly suggest that you do one or more of these things.

1. Call the previous owner to ask your questions. If your realtor will not give you this info, you can talk to the neighbors or go to the county court house to find out who owned it last.

2. Talk to the neighbors who have lived there a long time. They can tell you how old the pond is, what happens when it floods, ect.

3. Call you local conservation dept for advice on what to do with it. They sometimes offer fish stocking days (you can purchase small fish to stock your pond, they usually have a few different kinds for a very reasonable price). Sometime they can do soil samples and tell you what you need to do to control algae growth, invasive plants, or how to fix a leaky pond. (Usually lining the pond with Bentonite, a type of clay.) ect.

4. Call someone in the area that works on wells and have them come out and show you the ins and outs of that if you can't locate a neighbor/previous owner to give you a crash course. You will probably have to pay a small fee for this. Sometimes on the equiptment you can find a name/contact of the previous company that worked on the well and that would be best. Some areas require reporting when a new well is put in, again call your conservation dept they would know who to contact for that. I think most places started recording most accurately in the 80's. You can find out who put the well there and maybe contact them if they are still around.

Also if you are unfamiliar w ponds and have kids,pets that are not used to ponds---They may appear to freeze over in the winter-but that layer is very thin DO NOT EVER walk out onto the pond-kids are very attracted to that-it is VERY DANGEROUS. Teach your kids to ID area snakes (aka water moccasins) And not to try touching snapping turtles which large ones can do serious damage if they bite you (lose a finger ect, I was shocked to see personally how powerful their jaws are Blinking ) Basically kids should not play unsupervised at ponds.

Next, remember that any pesticides, herbicides, ferilizers ect that you use, not just around the pond (obviously) but well away from the area, can wash down hill into the pond and throw things out of balance or kill fish/birds ect.

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