BUILD A POND FOR WILDLIFE*
Habitat Gardening: Ponds of All Sizes
- Choose to give a priority to wildlife.
- Choose to enhance the Earth.
- Find out what is native in your area.
- Discover what you personally like.
- Research what is available.
- Consider placement.
- If you can see it, you'll get more benefit
- Vary the edge treatments.
- Sunny/shady bog
- Possibly grassy areas
- Provide transitions.
- Use of waterfall/fountain
- Vary water depths, inc. shallow area(s).
- Plant in clumps.
- Something for each season.
- Vary foliage shapes/colors
- Reflective areas
- 2/3 surface floating plants/shaded
- 1/3 bottom underwater plants
- 1st choice=Mosquito dunks - harms NOTHING else
- 2nd choice=native fish - top feeders
- last choice=mosquito fish - opportunistic feeders (feed at all levels)
TIE IN WITH THE REST OF YOUR YARD AND YOUR HOME:
- Don't be too fastidious
- Best done early in day while 'critters' are in pond depths
ALLOW NATURE TO MAKE HER OWN ADDITONS/CONTRIBUTIONS
- Pond plants/rocks used elsewhere in yard
- Flower arrangement in home with pond plants
*Koi and Goldfish are not native North American fauna and should not be included in any wildlife pond. They would feed upon frog eggs, pollywogs, dragonfly eggs, dragonfly nymph, etc. and they would feed on your native plants.
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