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What to plant?

Postby lmoe2910 » Fri Feb 14, 2014 3:18 pm

I have a small beaver pond that I hunt in Maryland. The pond is a little less than an acre in size and 4 feet deep in the deepest part with dead trees and root clumps scattered throughout it. We kill wood ducks and some mallards out of it and the only plant that is growing in the pond is duckweed that i know of. Is there anything else that could be planted in the pond, without draining it, that would helpful to attract more ducks? if so what would be best? Attached are 2 pictures of the pond. Thanks for any help or suggestions anyone has to offer.

There are also 2 swans that live in the pond that never leave. Would the swans be detrimental to trying to grow something new in the pond?

The water is usually not as dirty as it looks in the pictures. The picture was taken after a day of heavy rain.

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Re: What to plant?

Postby MarkM » Fri Feb 14, 2014 4:34 pm

Try planting millet on the edges in the summer when the water draws down a little.
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Re: What to plant?

Postby kckong » Fri Mar 21, 2014 10:37 am

Japanese millet and smart weed
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Re: What to plant?

Postby Shurshot » Tue Mar 25, 2014 12:47 pm

Mute swans are very territorial and don't like much company. And they will in all likelihood eat/root up anything lush that you plant. Jap millet would be great if your pond draws down enough to grow it but you'll need a lot of it and if you have local geese, they will strip every plant there. Won't be a thing left for the ducks when you want it.

Not sure at what depths and water clarity is needed for Duck Potato but that certainly is a favorite duck food for deeper water situations.
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Re: What to plant?

Postby redyota » Sun Aug 10, 2014 8:41 pm

A long term solution would be Pin oaks, Water oaks and White oaks. It might take awhile but there is very little up keep after that. I would recomend some tree shields also!
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Re: What to plant?

Postby gaducman » Thu Aug 21, 2014 10:47 am

Willow oak and black gum ( black tupelo ) are widely used by waterfowl in the southeast. I would think white oak while great for deer and hogs will have too large of an acorn for ducks. I know wild celery is a highly desirable waterfowl food than will grow in 3-4 feet of water, but I believe that water clarity and sunlight are a limiting factor in stand establishment .
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Re: What to plant?

Postby Mallard Whisperer » Fri May 08, 2015 1:38 pm

Is the water seasonal? Also how deep does the water get?
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Re: What to plant?

Postby lmoe2910 » Mon Aug 31, 2015 1:05 pm

Thanks for the responses. The water is not seasonal, it is consistently 3-4ft deep throughout and doesn't draw down even in the summer. The water comes from rain runoff so the water quality isn't the greatest but it does cover up with duckweed pretty heavily and there are a few oak trees around the edges that drop acorns. I was just curious if there was another plant similar to duckweed that would come back each year that I could add to the mix. Thanks.
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Re: What to plant?

Postby KAhunter » Tue Sep 01, 2015 8:30 am

Sago pondweed. This stuff is great for ducks and will grow well in 3' of water if its not too murky.
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Re: What to plant?

Postby Quack Pack » Mon Dec 05, 2016 6:14 am

First I'd do a timber harvest around the pond, releasing all of the oak trees. This will allow them to grow and produce more acorns.
I'd attempt to plant some smartweeds and several other native plants mentioned already.
I've heard of wild rice seed being broadcast onto water with good results. (Shallower the better) so that's another try.

I've also heard a friend in a wildlife program mention that grass shrimp and freshwater clams are favorites for certain species of ducks.. Maybe a fish site can produce some or collecting from local ponds & rivers. Just be sure to introduce native species only if you do something along these lines...
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Re: What to plant?

Postby JRS » Fri Apr 14, 2017 4:00 am

I'd start with about 15 wood duck boxes, then move into forage addition.
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