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#497710 - 10/20/18 05:35 AM New pond construction journey
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Registered: 10/09/18
Posts: 11
Loc: Ohio
Hi all. Thought I would start a photo diary thread on my potential pond construction to maybe help anybody else out on the road to having a pond. I will try to avoid asking direct questions in this thread, but if any of the pros see something that is out of place or want to give advice I am all for it. I will also try to update as quickly as possible.

So a little background first. I live outside of a small farming community in NW Ohio. We bought the house almost 2 years ago and love having the 2.5 acres to play with. However, our side yard is pretty large and we really don;t do much with it so I thought a pond would be great. We are thinking 1/4 to 1/2 acres depending on price and what not.

So far all I have is a soil sample I took a few days ago from only about 1 foot down. I do have my pond builder coming out next week to dig true test holes but I have attached the picture of my mason jar test. I will keep everyone updated on the construction the best I can. We are aiming for early March to break soil.



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Edited by Keaton72 (11/05/18 05:22 AM)

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#497714 - 10/20/18 08:05 AM Re: New pond construction diary [Re: Keaton72]
Bill D. Offline


Registered: 10/19/14
Posts: 5654
Loc: Boone County Illinois
Hi Keaton,

I look forward to following along on your pond journey! I do have one question. What are you going to do with all that extra dirt once you dig it from the pond site?


Edited by Bill D. (10/20/18 08:06 AM)
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#497716 - 10/20/18 08:34 AM Re: New pond construction diary [Re: Bill D.]
Keaton72 Offline


Registered: 10/09/18
Posts: 11
Loc: Ohio
Originally Posted By: Bill D.
Hi Keaton,

I look forward to following along on your pond journey! I do have one question. What are you going to do with all that extra dirt once you dig it from the pond site?


I was wanting to make a small hill on the north side if the pond as a kind of natural privacy fence. This is my first pond so Iím still researching quite a bit.

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#497759 - 10/22/18 04:33 AM Re: New pond construction diary [Re: Keaton72]
Keaton72 Offline


Registered: 10/09/18
Posts: 11
Loc: Ohio
No real updates as of yet but here are some pictures of the proposed site. The aerial image is of a 1/4 acre pond.


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pond site 2.PNG (63 downloads)



Edited by Keaton72 (10/22/18 04:35 AM)

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#498367 - 11/05/18 05:21 AM Re: New pond construction diary [Re: Keaton72]
Keaton72 Offline


Registered: 10/09/18
Posts: 11
Loc: Ohio
Well just giving an update or lack there of. Couldn't have my test holes dug on the count of torrential downpours here in central Ohio. Looks like there is more on the way so unsure of when this might happen.

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#498377 - 11/05/18 11:04 AM Re: New pond construction diary [Re: Keaton72]
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Registered: 10/05/13
Posts: 5261
Loc: SE Kansas
Seasonal weather can be a real challenge building a pond. In our area starting a pond in the fall I would want a good weather forecast long enough for completion. For us early summer starting into the dry summer season is the best time to get good weather for pond building.

Good luck on your "hurry up and wait"!

Here is one of my threads on my pond building efforts to whet your apetite while waiting. grin

my RES/SMB pond build


Edited by snrub (11/05/18 11:06 AM)
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#498419 - 11/06/18 01:02 AM Re: New pond construction diary [Re: snrub]
Keaton72 Offline


Registered: 10/09/18
Posts: 11
Loc: Ohio
Originally Posted By: snrub
Seasonal weather can be a real challenge building a pond. In our area starting a pond in the fall I would want a good weather forecast long enough for completion. For us early summer starting into the dry summer season is the best time to get good weather for pond building.

Good luck on your "hurry up and wait"!

Here is one of my threads on my pond building efforts to whet your apetite while waiting. grin

my RES/SMB pond build


My plan is to get the test holes dug soon just to confirm the soil is even good for a pond build. I believe it is based on web soil survey and some top soil samples I took but of course the true test hole will be the deciding factor.

As for the actual pond construction, I'm wanting to try for late winter or really early spring before it really starts to rain so possibly early to mid March??

Again, this is my first pond so I will likely be going with the guidance of my pond builder and any info I obtain from these forums. It would be nice to have the pond completed and hopefully close to full pool by the end of summer 2019.

Thinking of stocking RES and possibly some SMB thanks to your thread snrub. That seems to be a decent combo in a small pond.


Edited by Keaton72 (11/06/18 01:03 AM)

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#498488 - 11/07/18 07:35 PM Re: New pond construction diary [Re: Keaton72]
Keaton72 Offline


Registered: 10/09/18
Posts: 11
Loc: Ohio
Got the test hole dug today and everything looks pretty good. The soil being former farmland, it had a thick very dark layer of top soil so grass seed should take well. Did hit a small sand vein about 3 foot down but at 5 feet down almost entirely clay with lots of blue clay. Pond builder recommended a 1/3 acre pond at about a 12 -15 foot max depth.

Iím pretty excited to get this started come February March time frame.


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Description: Finally verifying the soil!

IMG_1032.JPG (12 downloads)
Description: Hit solid clay about 5 feet down

IMG_1031.JPG (11 downloads)
Description: Hit a nice blue clay mix about 7-8 feet down




Edited by Keaton72 (11/08/18 12:58 AM)

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