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#6925537 - 10/19/17 06:40 AM Having a new pond dug
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Anybody have any suggestion on what would be good to plant for ducks

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#6925737 - 10/19/17 09:19 AM Re: Having a new pond dug [Re: sallysue]
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I'd say for the easiest thing you can do is transplant barn grass. Get it growing good and flood it before the season.
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#6925815 - 10/19/17 10:30 AM Re: Having a new pond dug [Re: sallysue]
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would you rather have plants that come back and grow on their own with a little help each year, or will you be planting every year? what kind of water depths will you have?

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#6926524 - 10/19/17 10:35 PM Re: Having a new pond dug [Re: sallysue]
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Smartweed

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#6926596 - 10/20/17 03:38 AM Re: Having a new pond dug [Re: sallysue]
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Gonna be pretty shallow maybe 4 or 5 feet

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#6926630 - 10/20/17 06:32 AM Re: Having a new pond dug [Re: sallysue]
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Are you going to be able to pump water in?

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#6927102 - 10/20/17 01:20 PM Re: Having a new pond dug [Re: sallysue]
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You might look in to japanese millet also.

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#6927115 - 10/20/17 01:33 PM Re: Having a new pond dug [Re: sallysue]
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duckweed can get you some birds in but has to protected from the wind and no subsurface vegetation will grow if it clouds the whole surface of the pond over. Also if the pond overflows you will lose all of your food

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#6927175 - 10/20/17 02:40 PM Re: Having a new pond dug [Re: sallysue]
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if you are going to have that kind of depth, I would go with some type of SAV. maybe get Pennsylvania smartweed and/or barnyard around the shallower edges, or dig a sizeable flat on the side opposite the dam for moist soil or planting each spring summer. in the depths, id try to get wigeon grass or southern naiad growing. as said above, duckweed is great if you can get it growing, but can also ruin a pond if youre trying to grow fish also. gadwalls and wigeons love it, but it will also wash out during big rain events.

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#6927357 - 10/20/17 06:08 PM Re: Having a new pond dug [Re: Guy]
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Originally Posted By: Guy
Are you going to be able to pump water in?
No

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#6927359 - 10/20/17 06:08 PM Re: Having a new pond dug [Re: Exbellicus]
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Originally Posted By: Exbellicus
You might look in to japanese millet also.
I got it in my other pond

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#6927799 - 10/21/17 09:11 AM Re: Having a new pond dug [Re: sallysue]
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I second on the Smartweed. The seeds have a lot of nutritional value and once you get it going it's perennial. Can not even begin to tell you how many gizzards I've found it in.

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#6927851 - 10/21/17 10:57 AM Re: Having a new pond dug [Re: sallysue]
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Yes I plan planting it and several other stuff

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#6927853 - 10/21/17 10:58 AM Re: Having a new pond dug [Re: sallysue]
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does smartweed interfere with fish habitat?

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#6927933 - 10/21/17 12:39 PM Re: Having a new pond dug [Re: QuackerJacks]
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Originally Posted By: QuackerJacks
does smartweed interfere with fish habitat?
I don't think so

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