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#491736 - 06/12/18 11:34 PM Pond Construction Time of year, to build
Rusty Clavos Offline

Registered: 04/22/18
Posts: 7
Loc: Palo Pinto County Texas
Hello, I'm at the early stages of planning a pond or two on my place. One question I have, is there a better time of year to do the construction ? My place is in Palo Pinto County Texas. About 100 miles west of Dallas. Thanks

#491740 - 06/13/18 01:28 AM Re: Pond Construction Time of year, to build [Re: Rusty Clavos]
teehjaeh57 Offline
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Registered: 01/22/08
Posts: 8173
Loc: Lincoln, NE
Hello Rusty:

I prefer building during the dryer season - untimely rains can impact pond construction significantly, and a dry pond allows for erosion control to be implemented and structure to be placed. Much easier doing that when not underwater.
Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after. ~ Henry David Thoreau

#492047 - 06/17/18 09:20 PM Re: Pond Construction Time of year, to build [Re: Rusty Clavos]
Dave Davidson1 Offline

Registered: 01/04/06
Posts: 14028
Loc: Hurst & Bowie, Texas
And yet, the clay/loam has to have enough moisture to pack. Thatís not always the case in parts of Texas. Palo Pinto can be on the dry side in the summer.

Test the soil(s) by compressing it into ball. Toss it against the side of your pickup. If it holds together ok, crank the dozer

Edited by Dave Davidson1 (06/17/18 09:25 PM)
It's not about the fish. It's about the pond. Take care of the pond and the fish will be fine. PB subscriber since before it was in color.

Without a sense of urgency, Nothing ever gets done.

Boy, if I say "sic em", you'd better look for something to bite. Sam Shelley Rancher and Farmer Muleshoe Texas 1892-1985 RIP

#498252 - 11/01/18 10:17 PM Re: Pond Construction Time of year, to build [Re: Rusty Clavos]
robjones Offline

Registered: 10/29/18
Posts: 36
Loc: Alabama
We really cannot say whether it is a good time today or not due to weather changes but for construction it is best to do it during dry time.

#503885 - 04/02/19 02:25 PM Re: Pond Construction Time of year, to build [Re: Rusty Clavos]
Rusty Clavos Offline

Registered: 04/22/18
Posts: 7
Loc: Palo Pinto County Texas
Almost a year later and the dozer just completed my new 1/2 acre pond. It goes with the 1/4 acre pond that was already on the property. I found a company "Turner seed" here in Texas that has a grass mix called "Tank Dam Mix". I'm going to try putting this out this week, calling for some rain this weekend. I already have plans to add 2 or 3, 1/8 to 1/4 acre ponds around and at the bottom of a ridge on the place. It will depend on what NCRS says abound the watershed.

#503895 - 04/02/19 11:55 PM Re: Pond Construction Time of year, to build [Re: Rusty Clavos]
ShortCut Offline

Registered: 01/24/19
Posts: 100
Loc: Morton Valley, TX
Rusty - My tank is near Eastland and we bought Turner Seed's Tank Dam Mix a year ago this week when our 1.5ac tank was completed. The rain did not fall and almost zero grasses made it. Lots of native weeds though. I wish you luck! We need rain.
How are you going to know unless you try!

February 2018 1.5 ac main pond fed from 1100ac watershed going through two 2+ac sediment ponds
900BG, 200RES, 200HBG, 100CC and 23# FHM


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