With all the talk of being “vegan”, most people wonder if there are any vegetarians in landscaping ponds. There are not many vegetarians in the world so I will address this topic in another article. Most plants that you find in and on your landscaping ponds are plants that have been organically grown without the use of pesticides or chemicals. Some plants grow very fast and others take a longer time to mature. But whatever type of plant you choose for your pond, they will all be organic and pesticide free. The following plants are plants that should definitely not be in your garden pond: poinsettia, hydrangea, bloodroot, dwarf irises, ajuga, and dwarf us.
The reason why I say this is because all of these plants cause soil erosion and water pollution. A larger amount of soil erosion means more water pollution, which means it means more garbage in our landfills. To avoid these types of problems, do not use any of these plants. These are only two of the many different kinds of plants that can be found in garden ponds.
If you are going to use some plants in your landscaping ponds, then make sure that they are not edible. Some plants such as hydrangeas, poinsettias, and bloodroot are edible but many other plants are not and should never be consumed. You will want to check with your local gardening supply store to see if any of the plants you are considering using are actually edible and safe for consumption before you purchase them. This is especially important if you are using plants that are edible for another reason like an herb garden.
When purchasing any plant for your pond, you will want to make sure that it is not invasive. By invasive, I mean plants that will grab onto any twigs, weeds, sticks or anything else in your yard and grow without your permission. Some plants are very good at grabbing onto things, but once they get them, they can become a nuisance and they can start to ruin parts of your landscape. Make sure the plant is not invasive.
When choosing aquatic plants for your landscaped ponds, you will also want to make sure that it does not create its own nutrients when in the water. One example of this plant is the Rubber Plant. This plant will grab onto twigs, sticks and other debris and make the water toxic. If you do not want this in your pond, then you will want to choose another plant. This plant is a bottom feeder, so you will want to make sure you do not put it in areas where food could possibly come in contact with it.
A plant that is good for vegetarian diets is the Rubber Plant or Cyperus rotundus. This is a floating plant and is not submerged in the water. You will want to make sure that it does not create a bridge with other aquatic plants in the pond. The plants in the pond will help to support the weight of the roots will also help to keep the plant floating.
Not all plant life is vegetarian, and there are some plants that will kill plants in your landscaping ponds. Do not use any plants that will harm fish or birds. Another plant to avoid is the Pink Aquifer which is mostly found in flooded areas, will dehydrate ground water causing problems for fish. Make sure you choose hardy plants that will withstand your climate. There are some types of aquatic plant life that are better suited to certain climates.
The last thing to keep in mind if you are a landscaping ponds vegan is that some fish will feed on the plant life that grows in your ponds. This is not a good thing and could cause a problem with the fish you have. Find out what fish you will be planning on keeping by talking to local fish farms or by reading up on fish diets. There are also some plants and animals that will be harmful to your fish, especially if the pond is going to be in direct sunlight for a long period of time.