I just had a 1 acre combination pond built in a wooded valley. A 10' wide...

Asked August 23, 2017, 10:08 AM EDT

I just had a 1 acre combination pond built in a wooded valley. A 10' wide walkway encompasses the pond which I will seed with grass this fall. Above this walkway around the pond is a sloped cut back. What would you recommend I plant in this area that is low growing that will help with erosion and foster insects?

Muskingum County Ohio

7 Responses

Greetings Anonymous,

First, I'll need a little clarification. Are you referring to an earthen structure with a compacted core that has been engineered to hold water by "sloped cut back": i.e., is your sloped cut back the pond's dam/dike?

If so, sod-forming grasses and legumes are the kinds of things that the USDA (1997) might recommend. You can find more general advice in the linked document: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/nrcs144p2_030362.pdf

In either case, dam or not, I would certainly recommend a call to the local Soil & Water Conservation office as well: http://muskingumswcd.org/


Eugene, please re-read the description. This is sloped earth above a flat surface (walkway) around an earthen pond...

That was actually the impression I had, which is why I asked for clarification. That said, this isn't really my field and the question should probably not have been assigned to me. Let me see if I can find an appropriate responder for you.


Thank you Eugene!

James Dewhurst

Also, ideally, I don't want to have to maintain (mow or string trim) this area.Thank you!

James Dewhurst

Are you looking for pollinator habitat? Wildflower mixes may be what you are looking for. Native grasses may also do the trick.

Consider this list of resources: http://u.osu.edu/beelab/bee-pasture-meadows-and-flower-strips/ and this guide: http://matthewsarver.com/downloads/Meadows_and_Buffers_for_Bees.pdf

This resource has a list of shrubs that are used in wildlife plantings: https://www.extension.umn.edu/environment/agroforestry/docs/winter-habitat-for-pheasants-2012.pdf. I think you have plenty of options and I would just reemphasize the importance of looking for native plants and avoid anything characterized as invasive. My thought right now is to try some of the native warm and cool season grasses mentioned in this link: http://matthewsarver.com/downloads/Meadows_and_Buffers_for_Bees.pdf

Thank you Clifton. I have so much of the invasive plant, Japanese Stiltgrass, it's ridiculous. And I don't want it near my pond. Going to use Round-up in a week or so on it.

I will take a look at
your links, procure seed and/or plants and get planting to minimize erosion. Thank you again!

James Dewhurst