Answer: If you build a pond, frogs will come. Raccoons will eventually find it, too, and dealing with them is a real challenge. I drape birdnetting over my pond in the early spring and early fall through winter to discourage raccoons. It's not a very pretty sight but it keeps my fish alive! Water lilies, marsh marigold, water hyacinth, reeds, arrowhead, and yellow flag (water iris) are good plants to start with. Oxygenating plants are those that grow mostly under water. The plants will have specific requirements in regard to pond depth and your choice might be limited if it's a very shallow pond. A nursery specializing in aquatic plants will have an extensive list of plants suitable for your pond.
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