The Q&A Archives: Waterfowl

Question: I live in the very western tip of Kentucky and own waterfowl (ducks and geese) I was wondering if you knewn of any plants that would be durable enough to stand up to them hiding and nesting in them, that would also provide shade and shelter. Thanks

Answer: The plants most commonly recommended for waterfowl, because they provide food and shelter, include Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum) Mountain alder or speckled alder (Alnus), Alligatorweed chafflower (Alternathera philoxeroides), Straw-colored flatsedge (Cyperus strigosus), Common barnyardgrass (Echinochloa crusgalli), Sprangletop (Leptochloa spp.), Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria), American lotus (Nelumbo lutea), Common reed (Phragmites australis), Marsh knotwood or water smartweed (Polygonum coccineum), Swamp smartweed (Polygonum hydropiperoides), Eastern cottonwood (Populus deltoides), Fremont cottonwood (Populus fremontii), Willow (Salix spp.), Black willow (Salix nigra), Saltmarsh bulrush or alkali bulrush (Scirpus robustus), Sesbania (Sesbania spp.), Saltcedar tamarisk or salt cedar (Tamarix pentandra), Cattail (Typha spp.), and Common cocklebur (Xanthium strumarium). Your local Cooperative Extension office may have have a list of other native plants that would be suitable. Best wishes with your garden!

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