Attracting ducks to your pond is a great way to keep nuisance bugs and slugs under control! By making a few simple additions and changes to your pond, you can make your pond more attractive to wild ducks.
The first simple way of making your space more attractive is by ensuring that the water is accessible and open. You can make your pond accessible by ensuring that it has gradual edges for ease of entry and exit for ducks. They will appreciate this!
Adding aquatic plants to your pond can also attract ducks. Some aquatic plants will provide food for certain species of duck. In addition to this, the aquatic plants can provide shelter for the duck and its nest from predators and inclement weather.
You can encourage mallards to nest in your garden by putting out nesting boxes or baskets. Placing a bowl of fresh water and duck food out in your garden, a good distance away from the nesting box, can also encourage mallards to stay around.
Allowing the grass around your pond to grow tall will also encourage wild ducks to stay. This is because they can hide from their predators within the long grass reeds so that they feel somewhat protected.
If you are struggling to attract any breed of ducks to your pond, try placing decoy ducks on your pond near to food in a natural looking way. This can help with attracting the attention of real ducks who will see the decoy ducks on the pond and presume there is a food source there.