By Patrick G. Whalen – Off The Grid News
Ponds, whether they are natural or man-made, can be a wonderful resource for landowners and farmers. While many landowners maintain ponds for reserving essential water requirements for their livestock, the natural and recreational benefits of ponds are often overlooked.
Water sources of any sort and on any landscape increase the biodiversity of the immediate area. Ponds not only provide much-needed water for livestock, but they also provide shelter for aquatic animal and plant life. The gradual seeping of water through the base of ponds also increases the health of nearby soils, especially when those ponds are rich with natural life because the byproduct of fish and dying vegetation adds to the fertilizing effect.
An area of land that does not already have a pond can often be sculpted and shaped for this use. Consider the natural contours and drainage patterns as well as low-lying areas that retain water long after a heavy rain. Areas like these often are a very suitable spot.
There are other factors to consider, though, such as the proximity of other shelters or animal pens, as well as utilities. Soil types and drainage away from the pond are also essential items to determine.
If you are unsure where to begin digging, it is best to get a professional opinion on the best location for a pond on your land. It is not always as simple as digging a hole in the ground.