What to plant in Iowa ?

Discussion in 'Habitat Forum' started by Tealtamer, Apr 28, 2002.

  1. Tealtamer

    Tealtamer Senior Refuge Member

    Feb 28, 2001
    We have a spot that is backwater to a small river that the beaver dams have turned into 3 ponds ,what would be good to plant in and around the pond? there are lots of rough fish in the ponds ,its about 4 feet at the deepest spot ,thanks , TT
  2. silvermallard

    silvermallard Elite Refuge Member

    Sep 27, 2001
    Ponds are a bit more complicated than just scattering some seed. Not much other than duckweed (what most of us call "algae" or "pondscum") will grow in most ponds by broadcasting.

    For best results with ponds, drain them first. Then broadcast your seed or tubers in the mud. Let sit until you see a few inches of new vegetation. Then slowly allow them to refill. Using this method, one can obtain great results with a variety of plants from Japanese Millet (max water depth of about 2 ft.) to Sago Pondgrass (any depth, but slow to no movement) or wild celery and wild rice (shallow to medium depth).

    Other things that will work, but with less overall propagation, are planting the edges of ponds when water is low. Use things like Buttonbrush, Chufa, Sunflowers, Millet, Buckwheat, Sorgum, and Smartweeds. Many ducks also eat various rushes, but BE CAREFUL! Most rushes are highly invasive, and will take over and create monocultures if not controlled. Some good ones are Soft-stem Bulrush, Spike Rush, and Club Rush.

    Tell me what duck species you see on the pond, amount of direct sunlight/shade, and surrounding soil and plant description, and I can be more specific with recommendations. Also, are we talking Southern or Northern Iowa?
  3. Marshmaster

    Marshmaster Elite Refuge Member

    Mar 20, 2000
    Plymouth, MN
    You can go to this web site....


    And then go to the links page, you'll find more information than you can shake a stick at.


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