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    Backyard Drainage Ditch

    Everything on the property is on a slope. It all goes to the ponds.

    Through the backyard was an eroding ditch.

    My first goal was to fix the ditch. Tired of the dirt ending up in the pond.

    Next I realized the path along side the ditch that I was using with the tractor & gator was starting to erode.

    So now I am working on cleaning up the ditch and making it usable as a tractor/gator road at the same time.

    Thanks to the time & dry enough weather I got a pretty good start.


    Before:

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    After some time playing with the backhoe and 15,000# of rock:

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    Still some spots to tidy up. Waiting on a good rain to tell me if I'm on the right track.
    Taking the easy way is what makes rivers and men crooked.

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    Mucked the Pond

    Dug out some more of the back yard that has washed into the pond.

    I'll let it dry for a few days and then scoop it up with the FEL and move it to the lower spots.

    Once it is dry I'll spread it with the box blade.

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    Eventually I'll rent and excavator with a little more reach.
    Taking the easy way is what makes rivers and men crooked.

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    what size rock did you choose......2-3"??
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    I used some rip rap for the bad spots.

    The rest is #3.

    The average appears to fall in the 2 to 3 inch size.
    Taking the easy way is what makes rivers and men crooked.

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    That looks really good!
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    it does indeed appear u have been busy since u last showed us pics of around the pond. i think it looks great how u cleared the underbrush out.
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    Nice job with the stone, that should help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by etcallhome View Post
    Nice job with the stone, that should help.
    I thought the same thing. A lot of work.

    Nice job rtgt.
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    This is what it looked like in a rain storm. This was October 2017

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    it does indeed appear u have been busy since u last showed us pics of around the pond. i think it looks great how u cleared the underbrush out.
    This is the lower pond bank.

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    Taking the easy way is what makes rivers and men crooked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rtgt View Post
    This is what it looked like in a rain storm. This was October 2017

    This is the lower pond bank.

    Before, April 2017

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    Looks much better with that junk tractor removed.
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