Here is a picture from 2010. This is the state of the property when we bough it. Trees had been bulldozed into two 700' long trash line. In the trash lines were huge trees and stumps. The soil was also pushed up in the trash lines were 7 and 8 feet tall in areas. The majority of the center of the property was very low and was a bog. In 2011 we dug a 30' deep pond. We used the soil to build up the property and regraded the property to drain. We put a long 700' ditch along the bottom of the picture and connected it to the pond. All water drained to the ditch and into the pond. The main problem was the loss of topsoil. Topsoil is very hard to make, but it is working. 2013: I did not really do much to the property because for two years because I was so busy with work. I id broadcast by hand two small bags of grass seeds I purchased from Dollar General. I did mow the grass and weeds with my tractor. The pond filled up with the first 5 inches of rain. I guess It was graded well to direct all rain runoff to the pond. You can see that I dug the 700' ditch and the ditch that connects it to the pond flat. I did not want it to drain. The ditch stays full of water and serves as a breeding ground for fish, frogs and crawfish. It is always full of aquatic life. 2014 - I started mowing around random trees that came up naturally. I mowed down most, but let some come up as pioneer trees. They were not really desirable trees but they are serving a purpose (break the wind, add cooling moisture, habitat for wildlife, etc). The types of trees were pine trees, tallow trees, sassafras trees, iron wood and pin oaks. If I would not have kept it mowed it would have turned into a thicket. As I continued to cut the grass the clippings remained on the surface and started to compost. I did not add any fertilizer, but with I would have in the beginning. As the clipping start to build up and decay and the plants put roots into the soil the hard clay is becoming soil. The beginning of 2017. Trees are starting to get bigger and the grass is spreading slowly, but struggling. I have done no improvements to the soil other than mowing. Now I have the time to start to improve the property. Where do i start? I have done a lot since the above picture. Large flower bed for my wife. Large raised vegetable garden and started a barn. Slow and steady. I may add a picture to this post with plans for the future. These were taken from Google Earth.