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    Does anyone have any literature on how deep to dog ponds to prevents bullrushes and weeds from growing? I recall reading 30inches deep.
    If anyone has a link to literature, it would be appreciated.

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    Check out pondboss.com. Controlling undesirable plants is the number one problem facing pond owners. You will find some good information on this site.

    30” is the minimum depth at lowest planned level through the year. Depending on your inflow, you may have periods where your pond is not full, so you might plan for that. At 24” my dogs will touch the bottom.

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    Thanks for the info..
    Does anyone have any specific articles?

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    3-4' deep. Constructing them with the ability to raise, lower and empty the ponds independently if multiple ponds are in play is a nice feature. It is no fun if you habe to drain a large single network for maintenance. I made adjustments to mine a few weeks ago with a dozer. I have one where I hit a tile drain. With it being isolated via drop boxes and boards i just let it flow empty into the next pond so i can fix the issue without draining all 5 ponds. I was in the pond lining/waterproofing construction business for a long time. Have around 200million sf of construction experience on my resume. I built my own ponds 2 years ago. Have run into glitches being they are not lined with plastic like I would like. Hahalol
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    And your question regarding growth; it will vary regionally due to climate, soils and type of vegetation. Deeper os always better if water is plentiful.
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    So digging ponds can be an adventure!
    Each state is a bit different in the regulations toward ponds so 1) know before you dig 2) be sure your soil will hold water 3) try to be 4’ deep but no matter how you try cattails or tules will get in there 4) know your water source be it a well, pumped creek or run off 5) if you have cattle above you more than likely they fertilize so that means atrizine which means your run off will be nutrient rich thus you get algae. 6) tules can be sprayed easy enough however some states don’t allow chemical sales.
    And finally expect to spend to build your pond(s) I ve built more than several in the South and I find about 4K an acre of water is average for me. Add money for timber clearing , heavy stump clearing and so on
    Good luck and enjoy the journey

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