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Ducks and home water gardens

 
Brit Williams
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Hello everyone
Looking for some wisdom regarding ducks and a home garden, more specifically water Lillie's. April is coming up and I'd love to buy a few ducks for my daughter around Easter. We have a great water garden (approx 12'x8' 4 feet deep) in our backyard with a water fall. My husband keeps a few types of hardy water Lillie's in it that bloom etc and are gorgeous. How does everyone think the ducks and water Lillie's will mesh? Will the ducks destroy his Lillie's? Thanks so much
 
Tim Wilkinson
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Brit,
I am no expert on ducks.. I am not certain that ducks would up root and eat the lilies but it is a possibility. It may depend on how they are potted and the depth..
I gave up on water lilies in my pond because the koi tare them up.
I know that the geese here in south jersey love to uproot the cranberries in the bogs here so they can eat the roots...
Hopefully someone else here can give you better advice. I would go with it and see what happens because more than likely the ducks aren't going to stay there forever and lilies are replaceable.
Tim
 
Brit Williams
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Thanks for your reply Tim. Yeah I'm still up in the air about it. Afraid they'll have a field day and eat up all our pads and beautiful blooms. Then again they may not even bother them. Think it may also depend on what I'm feeding them. If I keep them plenty full chancing are slimmer they'll find our Lillie's appetizing.

Hope there are some other that can share.

Thanks again Tim!!!
 
Kris schulenburg
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Don't know if they eat lilies or not, they will make a mess of the water if it is a small pond.
 
Brit Williams
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I thought about that as well. It's a decent size pond (12x or so and 4 to 5 ft deep. Also has a pump filtering the water continuously then a small waterfall. Was only thinking of getting 2 or 3 ducks.

 
Brit Williams
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You guys think they'll still turn that into a muddy mess lol? I wouldn't know, so all of everyone's input is great!!
 
Tim Wilkinson
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That is a decent size pond and it's pretty deep. Deeper than an average koi pond... And considering I don't think the ducks will spend ALL of their time in it, and they will eventually go off to find a bigger pond and other ducks... It may be ok. Do you have a filter? I run a sand pool filter with my pond a couple hours a day during the season to help with all the fish and frog muck.

Back to the lilies... Again I'm not a "duck guy" but I don't think they would eat the leaves or flowers, I would be more afraid of them uprooting the rhizomes and eating the roots.

 
Tim Wilkinson
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Come to think of it.. If you had enough lilies and maybe some other water plants, they would thrive off of the muck.
 
Barry Fitzgerald
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Yes a few ducks would destroy your pond and yard in short order.
 
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