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    Do you have a pond?

    I've always loved ponds whether they're the big natural ones or the smaller kits you can install. Yesterday while at a yard sale I was commenting to the owner about what a beautiful job she'd done with her landscaping when I heard running water. She said they had a pond in back and that I could take a look if I wanted. Of course I wanted to...and wowzers when I did!

    It was a large figure 8 shape about 16 feet long and 8 foot wide with a little bridge over the narrowest middle part and a cascading waterfall at the far end, just gorgeous! It was also stocked with some of the biggest koi I had ever seen, the biggest boys weighed 35 pounds but all sizes were in there including some newborns hiding in a corner sheltered by rocks and foliage.

    So, have you ever had a pond, do you currently have one or is one on your wish list?

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    I have a BOOK about starting your own pond, but I've never had the right amount of yard to do it.

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    It's on my wish list and I do have the land for it. The question is how do we deal with spring run off, cuz we have a lot of it! And it runs from our neighbors property through ours and the next neighbors and then into the woods. I really need to find a good landscape architect/civil engineer type person who can look at the lay of the land and be straight up honest with us. i don't want to out one up if we've got to fence it in, either. We also have tons of wildlife and I know having a pond will draw in more than what we have now. Can you say more skunks, raccoons, groundhogs, foxes, possums and deer?

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    How exciting Muriel! I hope you can do it. How much land do you have and how big and deep would you like it to be?

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    I have a bath tub...when I get in the water goes out

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    We have about an acre, but after some investigation we have decided that a pond is not for us. We know it will attract even more wildlife than we have now. And we have a large flock of Canadian geese that have moved into our neighborhood and I'm not sure how I like this. Geese poop every 3 minutes which means a lawn can be absolutely covered in geese poop pretty quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Highly Favoured View Post
    We have about an acre, but after some investigation we have decided that a pond is not for us. We know it will attract even more wildlife than we have now. And we have a large flock of Canadian geese that have moved into our neighborhood and I'm not sure how I like this. Geese poop every 3 minutes which means a lawn can be absolutely covered in geese poop pretty quickly.
    There has GOT to be a humane way to get rid of them. I can't stand it when goose poop is all over a sidewalk.

    Nasty creatures

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    Geese poop every 3 minutes...
    I wasn't sure if you made that up or not so I checked.

    While feeding, geese defecate every 7 minutes. Each goose produces 1 to 3 pounds of waste per day...


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    There has GOT to be a humane way to get rid of them...
    From the same link I got the above info from:

    There are some things that we can do to make our shores less attractive to geese.

    Don't feed the geese. Many of the geese in our lakes will approach people, a clear indication that they are used to getting fed. Don't do it. It's not healthy for the geese and it's not healthy for our lakes.

    2. Plant a border. Geese are one of the few wild animals that find the typical lake landscaping just perfect! If asked, they would request a grassy lawn visible from lake waters. If they can't see out to the lake because of a tall edging of bushes or grasses next to the lawn, the grass won't be as inviting to feed on.

    3. Interfere and bother. A two-foot fence made of 5 strands of monofilament line can deter geese from docks, floats, and lawns while they are molting and can't fly. People have had success using remote controlled cars and boats to encourage them to leave the area. Also a laser pointer has had some success at dusk or dawn – the spots on the ground or water appear to annoy geese enough to make them get up and move. If you are in your boat and see geese on the lake, go towards them to make them feel less comfortable and move. It's legal to herd or harass geese, but not to hurt them.

    http://www.threelakescouncil.org/Lak...9/Default.aspx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lista View Post
    There has GOT to be a humane way to get rid of them. I can't stand it when goose poop is all over a sidewalk.

    Nasty creatures
    Try eating them

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