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Old 04-22-2008, 08:11 AM   #1
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I have ( what I've been told ) a natural spring in my front yard. I've got a
big willow tree and a small marshy area in my front yard. The area is
probably about 10' wide and 15' deep and goes between the willow tree
and a drainage ditch. The water then flows along with the drainage ditch.
I don't really see 'flow'... just water....

I'm not sure what I want to do with it. It's too wet to mow and but the
'grass' ( very, very, very, very thin and bright, bright, bright green ) that
grows in the marshy area is getting high. I can just weed eat it... but
I'd like to figure out what I'm going to do with this area in the long term.

I don't know how much water this area produces... it's just wet all
of the time. it drains off into a ditch. I'm pretty sure that it's not a
water leak... it's definitly not coming from my side of the water

I want to see if I can measure how much water I'm getting. I'd like
to sink a 5 gallon bucket into the ground and see how long it takes to
fill. I'm not sure if this is a good idea or not... if I do this... do I just
want to measure the water that comes in over the 'lip' or do I want
to open a hole in the bottom and see if water comes in that way? Is
there a better way to test the water flow?

Thanks - jack


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Old 04-22-2008, 10:24 AM   #2
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It sounds more like a seep than a spring, so it will be hard to measure, and the flow will change constantly anyway. It sounds like the perfect place for a small earthen pond.


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Old 04-22-2008, 11:07 AM   #3
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Yeah, open it up , make a nice little pond, stock it with little bass LOL LOL
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Old 04-26-2008, 07:01 AM   #4
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Has your readings gone up? If it is a water leak, you will have to pay to have it repaired.
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Old 04-26-2008, 10:37 AM   #5
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You could always dig a trench in the middle and see if it fills up. As far as what to do with it ... perhaps make a rain garden there.
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Old 04-26-2008, 02:11 PM   #6
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if you want to keep it grassy, dig it up, put some gravel down, tile it with BIG O and run it out to the drainage ditch, then put some top soil down and re-seed. The pond idea sounds sweet to though.

anything done once is worth doin twice
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Old 04-26-2008, 09:15 PM   #7
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If it is a naturally surfacing water supply, you obviously cannot win the battle by trying to change it, so adapt it a a bog/marsh/water garden.There are many "wet" plants that will thrive in such conditions. Browse through some of water garden/pond building books at the local big boxes for ideas.
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Your really lucky! Do a grassy bog effect with that area and believe me, your neighbors will be jealous!



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