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New pond owner here, just dug and filled a 30’x90’ oval shaped pond this summer. Last night I planted several arrowhead plants around the pond edge and tonight when I got home (first thing I do is always walk over and check out my pond) I noticed all the arrowheads are gone, all of them. I have around 25 domestic ducks that free range my property and suspect that they ate them. Is there anyway I can establish arrowhead at the pond with the ducks spending a lot of time there? Should I just give up on that idea for now? Kind of disappointed cause I’ve always liked arrowhead.

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Another name for Arrowhead is "Duck Potato".


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Haha good point. Guess I’m out of luck then, huh?

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The only way is to fence them off with chicken wire to keep the ducks away, but the ducks will eat them down to the roots if they can.

If it was my pond, and I wanted to use it for something besides a duck pond, I'd make sure the ducks couldn't get in the pond. A neighbor had a pair of ducks in his 1/2 acre pond and wanted to know why the water was always muddy and the banks were getting eroded. Then something came and grabbed the ducks one night. After a month the pond started clearing up and no more erosion at the shore.

It's amazing how much of a mess just 2 ducks can make.


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Arrow Arum and Duck Potato are actually 2 different species. I have both. https://www.priscillahollingsworth....andra-virginica-and-sagittaria-latifolia

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Originally Posted by esshup
The only way is to fence them off with chicken wire to keep the ducks away, but the ducks will eat them down to the roots if they can.

If it was my pond, and I wanted to use it for something besides a duck pond, I'd make sure the ducks couldn't get in the pond. A neighbor had a pair of ducks in his 1/2 acre pond and wanted to know why the water was always muddy and the banks were getting eroded. Then something came and grabbed the ducks one night. After a month the pond started clearing up and no more erosion at the shore.

It's amazing how much of a mess just 2 ducks can make.

They can make a mess for sure . . I wonder if I could put chicken wire just around the arrowhead plants? I don't mind the ducks using it but I'd let like to get some trout in it this spring as well. Do ducks bother pickerelweed?
Thanks for the input.

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Originally Posted by scpd21
Originally Posted by esshup
The only way is to fence them off with chicken wire to keep the ducks away, but the ducks will eat them down to the roots if they can.

If it was my pond, and I wanted to use it for something besides a duck pond, I'd make sure the ducks couldn't get in the pond. A neighbor had a pair of ducks in his 1/2 acre pond and wanted to know why the water was always muddy and the banks were getting eroded. Then something came and grabbed the ducks one night. After a month the pond started clearing up and no more erosion at the shore.

It's amazing how much of a mess just 2 ducks can make.

They can make a mess for sure . . I wonder if I could put chicken wire just around the arrowhead plants? I don't mind the ducks using it but I'd let like to get some trout in it this spring as well. Do ducks bother pickerelweed?
Thanks for the input.

You can, and that will protect the roots for a few years before it rusts away. If the ducks don't eat all the green stuff then you should be OK.


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