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Old April 21st 04, 01:14 PM
Janet Price
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Hi,

I have a yard that's soggy in places. The soil's mostly clay and
stones. I had a landscaper out for a free consultation on solving the
problem and he suggested building a small pond (10' x 15' x 4 ' deep at
the deep end) in the low corner of the yard and next year if necessary,
put in some underground pipes to help drain water into it. From reading
the FAQ for this list, it seems to me that I wouldn't be creating a pond
but a small swamp.

Have any of you done this kind of thing successfully?

Thanks for any suggestions or advice.

Janet in Amherst MA

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Old April 21st 04, 01:37 PM
Gale Pearce
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Hi Janet - IMO you have the right instinct about this - If you put a pond
in a low spot, everything will drain into it, including fertilizer,
pesticides and whatever else gets deposited on your yard, so it will be an
overflow holding basin - not what we consider a pond (a biologically
balanced pond for fish and plants that is above grade to the surrounding
landscape)
Gale :~)
"Janet Price" wrote in message
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Hi,

I have a yard that's soggy in places. The soil's mostly clay and
stones. I had a landscaper out for a free consultation on solving the
problem and he suggested building a small pond (10' x 15' x 4 ' deep at
the deep end) in the low corner of the yard and next year if necessary,
put in some underground pipes to help drain water into it. From reading
the FAQ for this list, it seems to me that I wouldn't be creating a pond
but a small swamp.

Have any of you done this kind of thing successfully?

Thanks for any suggestions or advice.

Janet in Amherst MA



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Old April 21st 04, 01:37 PM
Gale Pearce
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Default creating a pond to drain water from soggy yard

Hi Janet - IMO you have the right instinct about this - If you put a pond
in a low spot, everything will drain into it, including fertilizer,
pesticides and whatever else gets deposited on your yard, so it will be an
overflow holding basin - not what we consider a pond (a biologically
balanced pond for fish and plants that is above grade to the surrounding
landscape)
Gale :~)
"Janet Price" wrote in message
...
Hi,

I have a yard that's soggy in places. The soil's mostly clay and
stones. I had a landscaper out for a free consultation on solving the
problem and he suggested building a small pond (10' x 15' x 4 ' deep at
the deep end) in the low corner of the yard and next year if necessary,
put in some underground pipes to help drain water into it. From reading
the FAQ for this list, it seems to me that I wouldn't be creating a pond
but a small swamp.

Have any of you done this kind of thing successfully?

Thanks for any suggestions or advice.

Janet in Amherst MA



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Old April 21st 04, 01:57 PM
Happy'Cam'per
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Sounds perfect for a bog garden, although that wont sort your problem out.
hth
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"Janet Price" wrote in message
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Hi,

I have a yard that's soggy in places. The soil's mostly clay and
stones. I had a landscaper out for a free consultation on solving the
problem and he suggested building a small pond (10' x 15' x 4 ' deep at
the deep end) in the low corner of the yard and next year if necessary,
put in some underground pipes to help drain water into it. From reading
the FAQ for this list, it seems to me that I wouldn't be creating a pond
but a small swamp.

Have any of you done this kind of thing successfully?

Thanks for any suggestions or advice.

Janet in Amherst MA



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Old April 21st 04, 01:57 PM
Happy'Cam'per
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Sounds perfect for a bog garden, although that wont sort your problem out.
hth
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**So long, and thanks for all the fish!**

"Janet Price" wrote in message
...
Hi,

I have a yard that's soggy in places. The soil's mostly clay and
stones. I had a landscaper out for a free consultation on solving the
problem and he suggested building a small pond (10' x 15' x 4 ' deep at
the deep end) in the low corner of the yard and next year if necessary,
put in some underground pipes to help drain water into it. From reading
the FAQ for this list, it seems to me that I wouldn't be creating a pond
but a small swamp.

Have any of you done this kind of thing successfully?

Thanks for any suggestions or advice.

Janet in Amherst MA



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Old April 21st 04, 03:23 PM
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yup. bog garden is exactly what I thought too. Ingrid

"Happy'Cam'per" wrote:


Sounds perfect for a bog garden, although that wont sort your problem out.
hth




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Old April 21st 04, 03:23 PM
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yup. bog garden is exactly what I thought too. Ingrid

"Happy'Cam'per" wrote:


Sounds perfect for a bog garden, although that wont sort your problem out.
hth




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Old April 21st 04, 04:12 PM
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Pond, swamp, bog garden - depends on the amount of water getting into it at
any one time.

I'd prefer to think of it as a wetland :-)

Anyway, wetlands are good. Too many of them are being drained and paved over.
Wetlands filter all sorts of stuff from run off water and help regulate water
flow to stem flooding.

I think it sounds like a grand idea! It can be planted with all sorts of plants
who like wet feet. You might have a regional nursery nearby which will carry
those kinds of plants.

In my standing water frog bog I have lizard's tail, cattails, pennywort,
aquatic forget-me-not, marsh marigold, rushes, pickerel, miniature horsetail
rush, sweetflag. Absolutely fascinating discovery one day was the appearance of
a carnivorous bladderwort plant that must have arrived via birdy business.
Loverly little yellow flowers on slender stems with the carnivorous bladders
below in the water.
I toss Mosquito Bits in it to keep out mosquito larva and have my teenagers
wade in and yank up stuff when it gets too full of plants.

I really enjoy it and love to scoop up water and mud from time to time and see
who is living in it. We've found dragon and damselfly nymphs, mayfly larva,
bloodworms, seed shrimp and other fascinating critters. Right now we are
raising tree frog eggs in it and trying to catch one lady bullfrog who has
moved in to eat the baby tree froglets when they emerge.


kathy :-)
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Old April 21st 04, 04:12 PM
really ka30p
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Pond, swamp, bog garden - depends on the amount of water getting into it at
any one time.

I'd prefer to think of it as a wetland :-)

Anyway, wetlands are good. Too many of them are being drained and paved over.
Wetlands filter all sorts of stuff from run off water and help regulate water
flow to stem flooding.

I think it sounds like a grand idea! It can be planted with all sorts of plants
who like wet feet. You might have a regional nursery nearby which will carry
those kinds of plants.

In my standing water frog bog I have lizard's tail, cattails, pennywort,
aquatic forget-me-not, marsh marigold, rushes, pickerel, miniature horsetail
rush, sweetflag. Absolutely fascinating discovery one day was the appearance of
a carnivorous bladderwort plant that must have arrived via birdy business.
Loverly little yellow flowers on slender stems with the carnivorous bladders
below in the water.
I toss Mosquito Bits in it to keep out mosquito larva and have my teenagers
wade in and yank up stuff when it gets too full of plants.

I really enjoy it and love to scoop up water and mud from time to time and see
who is living in it. We've found dragon and damselfly nymphs, mayfly larva,
bloodworms, seed shrimp and other fascinating critters. Right now we are
raising tree frog eggs in it and trying to catch one lady bullfrog who has
moved in to eat the baby tree froglets when they emerge.


kathy :-)
(still use ka30p for email
this acct. is for reading rec.ponds only)
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Old April 21st 04, 05:34 PM
joe
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That sounds like a bad idea to me. Everything would drain to it, including
mud!

A better solution might be to:

A) install a french drain to the street (assuming you can slope that way) if
not:
B) Where the low point is, instead of a pond, build a small concrete
enclosure with a sump pump and pump the water to the street.

Joe


On 4/21/04 5:14 AM, "Janet Price" wrote:

I have a yard that's soggy in places. The soil's mostly clay and
stones. I had a landscaper out for a free consultation on solving the
problem and he suggested building a small pond (10' x 15' x 4 ' deep at
the deep end) in the low corner of the yard and next year if necessary,
put in some underground pipes to help drain water into it. From reading
the FAQ for this list, it seems to me that I wouldn't be creating a pond
but a small swamp.




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