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Old 09-03-2011, 07:26 AM   #1
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Hi there. i have about 3 acres of land, and there are a few areas where there is boggy soil (can walk over it, but it's wet and water rises to the surface when you walk on it). does this mean there is a stream close to the surface? and if i were to dig out that area (about 4x4 meters), would it be a little pond? the bog soil is ugly, especially when the kids accidentally step in it, and it would be great to turn it into a pond instead, simply by digging it out. is this possible and does anybody have experience doing this?

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That is a natural for creating a pond----the water table is right at the surface.

Do a little investigating before you start work----

Some areas of the country are funny about touching wet lands ---

Also --you used the term 'bog' ---which is a special ecosystem---I think you may have used the term wrong and are describing a marshy area.

Google 'Bog'---


If the area is far enough from any structure the pond could be blasted as opposed to digging.-Mike-

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So i did some digging today. dug out about a 2 yard trench, 1 foot deep and 1 foot wide. i guess it's not as boggy as i thought it was. i was hoping to find water right away. the soil is wet/moist. dark on the top and grey/clay/tough towards the bottom. no signs of water. is it because it's late summer and everything is dried up? or i just have to keep digging around until i come across a spring? or is the water table most likely further down?

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By definition the water table is the level that groundwater rises to inside a hollow pipe driven into the ground (a well). If you dig a hole and do not see standing water in the hole, then the groundwater table is lower. The only way to find out how much lower is to either drive a piezometer in, install a well, or excavate the hole deeper. Groundwater fluctuates seasonally, how much depends on the specific soil conditions, rainfall amounts, and topography where you live.
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The water table varies by season---Do some more digging and see when and if you hit water.

You may need to leave the pit open till spring and see that happens.
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Thanks for the tips, friends
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Make sure that the bog isn't the home of the last two 3-legged transvestite salamanders in existence, or the local DEP and EPA will be all over you. It may not matter whether it is your land or not in such a case. Be careful.
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I'm sure that Ligyron has looked for rare and endangered traveling salesmen in that wet patch and will build a little Hobbit House for them if they are there.

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