Posted 03-05-2002 at 06:39:54
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I know next to nothing about pond building. That said I STRONGLY RECOMMEND that you consider buying the video tape series from Bass Masters. I don't recall the series name but it is great if you want to create a viable fish pond. I will look for title when I get home.
Armed with this information I marked out where I wanted the pond, including my catch basin (read fish fry). I then hired a repuatable dozer operator in my area to dig mine. He charged me $50/hr and within one week I had a 2 acre pond. 12' deep in the deep end and 4' deep in the shallow end.
He made the slopes like 4 to 1 pitch? - meaning it drops one foot every four feet. This made a real nice gradual slope not very suseptable to erosion. Also level enough I can mow it with the tractor (Oliver 55 Dsl).
I would suggest some quick growing grass seed as soon as possible. My banks have been eroding a great deal as I have clay lined banks and nothing seems to grow on them.