That's exactly one of the reasons we bought the tractor for and now realize that it probably can't handle the slope. LOL I kind wonder if goats/sheep could clear it out easier than we could by hand!Sounds like something you might want to dredge out before letting it refill.
We've got a little Kubota. I think it's the smallest sized one. This is our pond... not sure if you can see the slope in this picture, and this was taken around the first of the year, the water is lower than what it shows now. The slope i'd say is probably 45 degrees maybe more? It's definitely not going to be easy getting down there on foot either.What tractor and how much slope?
FYI: The 4 inch fencing will NOT keep out foxes. We have 4 inch fencing, and after one of the snows this last winter, traced the fox prints all over the property. They go right through the fence. And then this summer, saw one go through the fence. It's a shame.....4" Sheep and goat should keep out foxes, regular field fence with 6" openings will not. Yes I paid the price of not knowing that. Do NOT buy welded wire, it is weak.
What tractor and how much slope? I bought my Mahindra 1533 TLB to dredge out my pond behind the barn when it went dry. Used both the bucket and backhoe. The "base" was all muck, no traction on it but we are on ledge and I was going to stop any time I couldn't put the "pond end" bucket down and lift up that end of the tractor. As long as I dug out the muck down to the ledge I was good. Still I had to self rescue a few times and a couple of those I wasn't sure I wouldn't need to call Al down the road and have him pull me out. The slope wasn't too steep though. This picture might give you a decent comparison to yours. I was able to go in from 2 directions and eventually drive through on the left edge. Lots faster to come in from the south and drive the collected muck out the north east end to dump than back up and carry it around. This picture is when the pond is filling back up.
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This picture is from when I had started to clean it out. You can see the cracked dry clay/muck I was digging out. When the pond is full it covers the bright green grass on the far side. I would have dug out more in that area but there was an issue with DW, DD1 and tadpoles. You can read about it in my journal. There is no water source other than snow melt and rain so it drops every year. On really dry years it went dry. Not great for the fish and frogs.
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