Filling in low areas outside the quail sanctuary is always necessary and ongoing especially if you have clay soil. This is true even if you established your sanctuary on the highest property level because soil tends to almost shrink when it doesn’t receive water.
This brings us to Friday where I spent the day in the creek with my shovel and wheel barrow digging dirt. We had a huge run off from the farm fields last winter so we use the excess to fill in low areas.
Summer and fall are the perfect time to do this because the creek is empty.
Filling in low Spots with Creek Dirt
This time around the dirt was used to fill in around the exterior of the quail sanctuary because the ground was uneven. We had already taken care of the interior several months ago and even though most of it has packed down it’s in pretty good shape ready for new seed.
I lost count how many dirt loads traveled from the creek to the sanctuary but I was on a roll. Moving dirt lasted for an hour then I took a 30-minute break and this went on the entire day. It felt so great to be outside working on a project that was moving forward.
During the process I started thinking about my quail sanctuaries at the farm and how sometimes Dixie would try to dig at the edges when I wasn’t looking.
Over time low spots appeared because clay soil shifts, while I was busy doing chores she would sniff out these low areas and many times dig thinking I wasn’t paying attention.
Adding Tree Logs for Border
This is when a pile of tree logs caught my attention and minutes later I decided to use them as a border. This felt like another project but the dirt could be brought up higher without washing away before I get grass planted which made it a good idea.
For a moment planting flowers was appealing but I just don’t have the time to care for those details right now.
To implement this same concept for your quail sanctuary or even chicken run you could line the border with the following materials.
- Landscaping timbers
- 4 x 4’s or railroad ties
- Rocks or brick
Landscaping timbers and 4 x 4’s could be secured with rebar stakes and once the border was filled you have the option to plant anything, add mulch, crushed gravel or just keep it simple and plant grass.
With grass maintaining is a matter of using the weed eater for a quick trim.
Good Training Addition for Guard dogs
This border will also help retrain Dixie or basically help her remember that chickens and quail belong. She’s maturing into her golden years so her get up and go isn’t what it used to be which means we’ll be adding a new dog soon.
Dixie can help teach it the ropes and take longer breaks because hound dogs love their breaks.
If you have dogs this boarder is a great boundary training point, making it easier for dogs to understand the “NO ZONE.”
If you’re planning a quail sanctuary this protective border tip may help detour some frustrations when raising animals on a homestead. I’m a believer there is a simple solution to most issues but sometimes you have to think outside the box to problem solve.
With this border I no longer have to be concerned with gaps at the base of the sanctuary.
There are so many challenges when working the land and lately I’ve been getting a lot of comments and emails about snakes and rodents. Read about quail and snakes here and I plan to address rodents very soon.
Until then have a great day everyone because I’m off to go buy some baby chicks.