Snapping turtles and deer


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Hello, my husband and I acquired a disused trout pond, which we are now converting into a natural, man made pond and ecosystem. We have been planting hornwort, lillies, pickerell weed etc Last year, the wild, snapping turtles (and deer and possibly harsh winter in mountains of NC) killed off all Lillys and hornwort! Does anyone have any experience please? We are going to use chicken wire this year to protect the new Spatterdock that we’ve planted until it is very well established. Love to get 60% aquatic plant coverage for our sunny pond!
 
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and welcome @Pondgal
 
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Where in NC are you? And, if this is a pond which is in any way connected to a natural waterway, then you need to make absolutely certain that any/everything you plant is native to the area.

And YES! Pictures are always welcome & helpful!
 
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Hello, my husband and I acquired a disused trout pond, which we are now converting into a natural, man made pond and ecosystem. We have been planting hornwort, lillies, pickerell weed etc Last year, the wild, snapping turtles (and deer and possibly harsh winter in mountains of NC) killed off all Lillys and hornwort! Does anyone have any experience please? We are going to use chicken wire this year to protect the new Spatterdock that we’ve planted until it is very well established. Love to get 60% aquatic plant coverage for our sunny pond!
how big of a pond are you talking . that is the first question to even begin a conversation such as this..
 
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