Marginal Plants

As water is essential for all animal life, a wildlife haven can be created by adding even a small pond. A natural balance is acquired by adding oxygenating, floating, marginal and deep water plants and these attract a wide variety of wildlife. Try to ensure there is a shallow shelf in the pond for the marginal plants. Tall varieties with straight leaves allow

insects such as damselflies to crawl out. Short, bushy plants create shelter and breeding grounds.

 

Container grown marginal plants can be set in gravel. This medium encourages the useful cleaning bacteria that help prevent algae growth and can be arranged to allow animals to climb out. If the sides of the pond are steep

use bricks or upturned pots to make a ledge for plants. Slate can be used as an attractive shelf. A damp area at the side of the pond planted with moisture loving plants or pond plants that tolerate drier conditions is ideal as it provides a moist area with cover for frogs and toads. Try adding some rocks for effect and shelter.

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