How will you get your ditch ready for the winter?

September 15, 2016

As we approach the end of summer and enter spring we begin to transition into the final phase of the agriculture season before the ground freezes in December. With this comes land preparation for the winter, getting ready to start another season as soon as the weather begins to warm up. It is no secret that ensuring a proper water drainage system is a part of this procedure.

There are many alternative solutions out there, most common of which is the trapezoidal ditch design. Unfortunately, this method has its drawbacks – inability to service fluctuating levels of water, high land erosion, water contamination, high maintenance costs, etc.

This year we encourage all land owners to consider trying a two-stage ditch format. Having a two stage ditch format will:

  1. Increase stability by having a narrow channel for regular water flow, and a wider channel for times of water overflow. This leads to reduced costs of maintenance, increases the longevity of the ditch, and reduces land erosion.

  2. Increase the health of wildlife since a two-stage ditch reduces the amount of nutrients and sediment flowing in the water. This means a two-stage ditch takes care of our watershed and ecosystem.

If you have any questions about two-stage ditching, or want a no-obligation opinion to implementing one on your property, feel free to reach out to us at office@ditchdoctor.ca.

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