Keep your farm or garden pond in good condition with these guidelines for maintaining and repairing the inflow, outflow, and basin.
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.
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
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.
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.
Graham Noble took a do-it-yourself approach to his pond, including the edge and bridge.
GRAHAM R. NOBLE
Beaver dams can block outlet channels and lead to flooding.
Riprap is used to prevent erosion of the outlet channel.