An Earth Pond Maintenance Guide

Keep your farm or garden pond in good condition with these guidelines for maintaining and repairing the inflow, outflow, and basin.



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Anyone who has tended a pond knows the periodic chores: erosion and weed control, spillway repair, cleanup, and, most vexing, plugging leaks. Neglecting them can imperil fish, water, and pond—not to mention the neighbors downstream.
TIM MATSON
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If, indeed, pond culture requires less labor than most counter endeavors, the reason has more to do with the pondkeeper than with the pond itself.
PHOTO: DENNIS BARNES
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Leakage in earth ponds may be caused by one or more of a number of different kinds of factors, from natural intruders to problems with the pond's construction.
TIM MATSON
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A leak around a horizontal pipe should not be difficult to fix. One pond owner simply tamped down the earth above the pipe to stop the leak.
TIM MATSON
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Graham Noble took a do-it-yourself approach to his pond, including the edge and bridge.
GRAHAM R. NOBLE
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Beaver dams can block outlet channels and lead to flooding.
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Riprap is used to prevent erosion of the outlet channel.
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