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SoilMovers LLC -- Nick Jones.

Bremond, Texas USA

Working throughout Texas and Oklahoma

Professional Excavation Services

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Specializing in Trophy Fishing Lakes, Recreation Ponds and Rural Lake Retreats.


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Trophy Fishing Lakes

If you want to catch a good fish then you need to build a good fishing lake.

A plastic lake liner is the ultimate fishing and recreation lake construction method

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We are experts in the design and construction of trophy fishing lakes utilizing a plastic lake liner.

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SoilMovers LLC - Premium Rural Retreats and Lake Construction

Premium Lake Design and Expert Construction
Trophy Fishing Lakes    Recreational Lakes    Rural Retreat Locations    Country Lake Residences
Plastic Lake Liner Projects    Specialized Excavation Projects    Professional Project Consultation
Rural Farm Lake,recreation lake,fishing lake- Lamar County, TX

Lamar County, TX

The Changing Role of Fishing and Recreation Lakes

More and more rural property owners today are wanting fishing ponds or recreation lakes added to their property. Ranch and farm lakes also provide a ready reservoir of valuable water in these uncertain times. Fishing pond construction is more complicated than the building of a simple stock tank or farm pond. Your local bulldozer operator might get a farm pond or lake right the first time. Might is a big gamble.  If he doesn’t get it right, if the farm pond will not hold water, if the banks are too steep,if the lake dam leaks,  if the pond does not fill up correctly; you are left with an eyesore which must be drained and reconstructed.

The proposition of re-doing an improperly constructed farm pond or fishing lake is always more expensive than the initial pond building. Experience and knowledge count in this business and as the older and more experienced craftsmen retire, it becomes harder and harder to find someone who knows what they are doing. When it comes to lake building and how the intricate infrastructure of a premium rural lake retreat all fits together, there is no substitute for experience and a proven track record.

3/4 of Texas recently experienced the wettest May on record (2015).  There were torrential rains and flooding with considerable loss of life and property.  2 weeks later, Tropical Storm Bill barreled up out of the Gulf and saturated the area with rain again for a real knockout punch. Many ranch lakes across the affected area failed, dams breached, spillways washed away, buildings were lost.  We know because we got the calls from landowners who needed help repairing and re-doing their ranch lakes, fishing lakes and tanks.  Not a single one of our past projects was compromised in any way.  That really says it all doesn’t it?

 

 

The Satisfaction of a Dream Fulfilled – A Country Lake Residence
Rural Ranch Retreat and Fishing Lake,coutry lake residence,weekend lake retreat - Northeast Texas

Northeast Texas Rural Ranch Lake Retreat

This picture is not a ‘stock photo’ from some professional photographer’s portfolio. It is an actual picture of one of our successful rural lake retreat projects that has matured very well since completion several years ago. The clients keep a canoe handy for fishing in the lake stocked with bass, sunfish and catfish. Mature oaks shade the banks where deer come to drink. Wild geese winter on the lake every year. It is an idyllic country retreat and the land owners enjoy their investment every day.

Families used to sit down to dinner every evening and discuss what that day had brought them. Family values were of paramount importance back then but today’s society is so much different. We are electronically connected worldwide and the Smartphone or iPad is never far away. It seems we just cannot let go of our careers. Working 60 hours or more with a work week that now spans seven days, children and spouses are often displaced by the drive to succeed and advance in a career field. We think nothing of allowing an xBox or cable TV the monopoly of time with our children. One on one time with the family has been replaced with a career and electronic babysitters. Read the rest here………

 

SoilMovers LLC announces a new lake construction operations base in Central Texas for 2016.

Beginning a new year in typical SoilMovers LLC fashion where our goal is to better serve our growing client base, Soilmovers LLC has established an operations base in Central Texas. Over the years, Nick has found his talents mesh well with the land and the people of Central Texas and the Texas Hill Country. Looking back on our list of past lake and rural retreat projects it is apparent that Soilmovers LLC has spent a good amount of time working in Central Texas on some spectacular lake construction jobs. An operations base closer to our client’s location means reduced transportation costs to move the equipment and more time spent on the job moving it to completion.  The new operations base is a fly-in location with a grass runway.  The ability to fly out of Central Texas puts him just a few hours away from most clients.  This supports Nick’s growing consulting business.

Nick taking off from our Central Texas location for another consult.

In particular, this location gives him unprecedented access to the scenic Texas Hill Country.  That rocky soil with granite outcroppings has always presented a challenge to lake builders. Nick’s  vast experience with plastic lake liner construction fits the bill perfectly for this area.

Our goal has always been to provide true value and unparalleled expertise and knowledge to our clients. The new Central Texas operations base is a ‘win-win’ for future clients and SoilMovers LLC.

All Fishing Lakes and Farm Ponds are NOT Equal!

A body of water on your property is a desirable feature which adds value and provides pleasure for the land owner. Fishing lakes are called many names. In Texas and the Southwest, they may be known as pools, ranch lakes or stock tanks. In other areas of the country, it may be farm ponds, farm lakes, fishing lakes or swimming ponds.

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Mother Nature’s Bounty. Nothing better than fish caught right out your front door!

Regardless of what the water feature on your farm or ranch is called, their primary use as water sources for livestock has diminished over the years and lake building practices have evolved to suit the need. Today’s property owner wants a farm pond, fishing lake or recreational lake which adds beauty, value and pleasure to their property.

  • Land is mother nature’s canvas.
  • You need a contractor with imagination, a feeling for effect and form and most of all –  experience combined with honesty and integrity.
  • Completing the masterpiece requires an artist in the field of excavation.

A client says “It is rare to find a consultant who puts such thought and effort into his work as Nick Jones. I recently had the privilege to witness his team of professionals build a beautiful lake, and sculpt my raw land into a much more aesthetically pleasing and functionally utilizable piece of property. Nick and his crew provide the quality craftsmanship that it takes to create a body of water that will enhance the value and enjoyment of your land.More references ………….

 


On the job in Central Texas 2016

It takes a rare combination of experience, knowledge and proper equipment to complete a job at the highest possible levels. Most contractors never attain that level. SoilMovers LLC routinely exceeds our client’s expectations.

Nick Jones, of SoilMovers LLC and his associates, have over 60 years of experience in all types of excavation. This includes ranch improvements, wildlife habitat and specialization in the design and construction of farm ponds, trophy fishing lakes, rural lake retreats and complete infrastructure improvements. They have completed many successful farm pond, fishing lake projects, plastic lake liner installations and country lake retreats in Texas and Oklahoma for over a decade.

Construction of the more complicated fishing pond, fishing lake or plastic lake liner project is definitely not something you want an inexperienced contractor to tackle. Building a proper fishing lake requires engineering, experience and the proper equipment to attain the level of a trophy fishing lake. The excavation contractor you hire to construct the fishing lake or farm pond of your dreams has to be an expert.

SoilMovers LLC can turn your dreams into reality.


Pictures of our work-  All photographs are the sole property of SoilMovers LLC and are 100% original, reflecting actual projects SoilMovers LLC has done. We love what we do and we have been improving Texas ranch and farm properties with upgraded water features exclusively for over ten years. We take pride in our work and it shows!  Enjoy the quick slideshow and place your mouse on the picture for a brief description. (Lots of great pictures- May take a while to load!)

 

 


The Role of Texas Farm Ponds and Fishing Lakes
Improved wildlife habitat. Ranch Lake and ranch retreat. Lamar County, TX

Improved wildlife habitat at rural lake retreat. Lamar County, TX

Conservative estimates place the real number of farm ponds and ranch lakes in Texas at over 800,000. These farm ponds range in size from less than one acre to over 60 acres in size and 25% of all fishing in Texas takes place in private farm ponds and fishing lakes. Unfortunately, many of these ponds are so poorly constructed that they fail to serve the purpose for which they were originally designed and some may even be unsafe and a catastrophe in the making.

Until recently, little concern was shown for construction safety in building farm pond dams. Now, many states are routinely checking pond dams and condemning those which are unsafe. Condemned farm ponds must be drained and repaired or destroyed. Therefore, it is important to properly construct new ponds or lakes in order to prevent expensive condemnation or structural failure of the dam. Much of Texas is subject to torrential rains when a Hurricane or Tropical Storm sweeps in from the Gulf or maybe Mother Nature will just be unpredictable like she was in May of 2015 when 75% of Texas experienced the wettest May on record.

Farm ponds are built for many purposes. Those designed for livestock watering, irrigation, and fire protection must be built near the use they serve and also contain adequate water. Farm ponds or fishing lakes used for flood and erosion control frequently are located in dry valleys or depressions and have the capability for the storage of large quantities of water, especially during heavy rainfall and spring floods.

Farm ponds constructed for fish and wildlife production or recreation are designed and constructed for (1) easy access, (2) adequate volume and, (3) water level manipulation. Farm ponds can be designed and built to serve multiple purposes with advanced planning. You just have to choose the contractor that is right for your job. Building anything more than a basic stock tank requires an excavation contractor with a depth of experience with a multitude of different projects,  a stable of expensive, dependable equipment to do the job right and the innate ability to visualize the final product which fulfills your dream.

We have a long, successful track record satisfying the needs of our clients. Take a look at our extensive list of varied excavation projects here.

 

“The proposition of redoing an improperly constructed farm pond or fishing lake is always more expensive than the initial pond construction. Do it right the first time.”

Contact Nick at SoilMovers LLC today.

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A Challenging Infrastructure Project

This land tract is approximately 800 acres high fenced located near Madisonville, TX. The terrain is rolling with some significant elevation changes for the area. The vegetation is dense with brush 8-10 feet high and mostly pine trees averaging 60 to +100 feet in height. Logging roads are the only means of traversing the interior of the property. There are no existing bodies of water on the property. The project goal is to create a lake of at least 5 acres on this site.

The landowner has spent several years evaluating the property and settled on an area to build the lake along an existing creek. The watershed coming through this area is estimated at several hundred acres with an annual rainfall in this region of Texas of more than 40 inches. Core borings done at multiple locations within this site revealed varying soils of sand, clay and groundwater. Consequently a worst case scenario of using a plastic liner to hold the water is a possibility.

Up to this point the landowner had relied on Google Earth for an accurate elevation survey. The first step was to clear enough brush for a better site picture and actual elevation survey. The landowner was disappointed to learn that the Google Earth elevations were off 5-10’. Technology is a fine tool to have in the tool box but at the end of the day “boots on the ground” are what really counts.

The flawed Google Earth elevation survey created a situation where the area to be cleared for the lake was more than three times larger than originally estimated. This is due to a flat flood plain area rather than more defined slopes and grades. In a flatter area depth must be achieved through excavation and the spoils dirt moved to other areas to define the shoreline by filling. This type of excavation is known as “cut and fill”. You deepen some areas of the lake for proper depths and use the spoils dirt created from the excavation to fill other areas to an elevation that is above the water line of the lake. This type of excavation is expensive but typically turns out better aesthetically. All top soil MUST be carefully saved during this operation so that it can be placed on the excavated areas that must grow grass.  Discarding top soil for later use is a common cost cutting measure employed by some dirt contractors.  Erosion will be a problem if proper grass coverage is not established on banks and slopes

.Land clearing is always expensive and generally has a number of caveats. At this project the problem with clearing was:

  • Volume– The vegetation was a 10’ tall wall of solid brush interspersed with pine trees 60-100+ feet tall.
  • Soil Types– When clearing in sandy soils the brush and timber piles tend to collect up to 50% dirt as you move them. This is a problem whether you are burning the debris (dirt does not burn) or whether you are piling it (double the volume due to the dirt) to rot away on its’ own.
  • Conditions– It is summer time with dry hot weather. Piney woods in the hot summer time are extremely flammable with the forestry service estimated that a burning ember can travel up to a mile and still start a fire in the piney woods. The area surrounding the lake is 800 acres of solid brush and dense trees. There has never been a controlled forestry burn performed at this property to eliminate ample fuels for a wildfire.  At this project a number of clever ways performed by specialized equipment have been utilized to handle the clearing challenge.

The other problems associated with this project are mostly associated with logistics and infrastructure. Many landowners fail to properly address these issues because they are misinformed by the contractor. Gates and driveways that are not designed for large trucks will at some point in the construction process create significant problems that can be expensive to solve or even halt the project completely. At this project the lake site is over a mile from the main gate with most of the roads narrow and only passable to small vehicles under good conditions. Due to the sand and associated traction problems creating an area to turn large trucks around is impossible without extensive soil corrections.

This project is challenging to say the least but as in most of my projects the client is first rate and interested in learning more about successfully working with the land and Mother Nature.

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