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To understand the value of wetlands, we must first look at the most basic element of a wetland – plants. While adding
aesthetic appeal to water gardens, plants also serve an even more important role. They help maintain the overall health of the pond by aiding in filtration, helping to maintain clear water, and reducing algae. They’re an integral part of a balanced pond ecosystem and help create a more natural looking environment. We shouldn’t be surprised then, that plants perform the same functions in natural wetlands. When we filter the water from the existing pond through the root systems of water loving plants and vegetables, yes we said vegetables, and return the same water back to the pond, we achieve water quality and clarity.
Planting a diversity of species in the pond will ensure balanced filtration. Plants such as cattails have short roots extending only 6 to 12”, whereas the roots of bulrushes can extend up to 36”, allowing each to grab nutrients from different regions of the substrate. During yearly pond clean-outs you will find a network of roots beneath the gravel that travel throughout the different shelves in the pond. These plants use the nutrients and sediment (fish waste and small debris) that fall to the bottom of the pond.
The Root Is the Source
Rooted aquatic plants also help promote healthy bacteria populations throughout the gravel substrate. Rooted aquatics, in order to survive beneath the surface of water, have developed pores called lacunae throughout their stems. These allow the transfer of oxygen and other gases to reach deep into the root zone.