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    Default The gully to pond project

    I talk a lot about my land and gullies because at least half of my property has deep gullies from eons (aeons) of erosion. I have slowed much of this erosion by terracing and controlling where water flows, but there is probably no telling how long ago some of this terrain formed. Now that I've purchased a fairly new loader-backhoe, I plane to reshape some of the gullies and dam up narrow passages to see if I can convert the unusable land to ponds.

    The attached picture shows the view from the deck on the south side of my house. The near gully is the first I want to convert to a pond with the far gullies at a later date. The mounds of dirt in the middle will be moved to fill in other washes and pits as well. Oh yes, in the photo you can see a single t-post in the foreground. This is my marker for my aerobic septic system sprinkler to keep me from running over it.
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    Default Re: The gully to pond project

    My wife snapped a couple of pictures of me on the tractor as I started the excavation.
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    Default Re: The gully to pond project

    Here are a couple of photos from opposite sides after I began moving dirt. You can see how the hillside drops. I have several terrace plans to direct water from surrounding areas into this central pool. In the second picture, you can see a depression in front of the tractor at the top of the rise. This is going to be filled in completely and planted with grass to hold down erosion.
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    Default Re: The gully to pond project

    In these two photos, you can see the bottom of the gully and where there is a ditch between two hillsides. After I get all the dirt removed, I'll dam across the ditch up to a level of about 25' or more for the dam and 40' wide at the base using red clay.
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    Default Re: The gully to pond project

    Here is a better photo of the area I will completely fill. I've used this area as a sand pit and now I need to fill it in so I can make it smooth for mowing and a nicer looking yard.
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    Default Re: The gully to pond project

    Finally, here are four pictures that show a panoramic view. I was standing on a mound in the middle of where the pond will be and moving from left to right to show the terrain and where the current ditch is that drains the gully. This is going to be a challenging project and one that I'll have to be very careful with since there are many opportunities to roll my tractor. Even so, I think it is doable and I look forward to the finished results. I'll just keep digging and posting photos as I go along. It won't be as big as Eddie Walker's lake, but it should be fun.
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    Default Re: The gully to pond project

    Great undertaking. Terracing to improve your land is a worthwhile endeavor.
    The one thing you need to remember is, mother nature originally used that area to dump a lot of water at times. She may again want to dump lots of water there.
    Prepare for another flood and have the water go where you want it to go. Dave

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    Default Re: The gully to pond project

    That's heck of one man project Jim.
    Glad temps are cooler for all that seat time ahead..looking forward reads w/pics.

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    Default Re: The gully to pond project

    All I can say is, man, how can it get much better? Enough land, time, and your own tractor with back hoe and FEL to do that! Looks good to me. I know nothing about pond building, except in my county, you must have someone come out to let you know if you can build a pond on your property. The only requirement I know of, is you must have 10 acres. Looks like you beat that! Happy tractoring!
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    Looks like fun! I just looked up your location- I go that way up hw 287 to my mothers in southern Oklahoma.
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