ducks,school, landscape fabric, Help
Very cool school project. I wish my Ag teachers/bio teachers would have done a project like this!
I would remove the landscape cloth and go with a deep mulch or loose bedding area.
I have garden beds that had landscape fabric in place when we bought our current house. The ducks did investigate the pieces that they were able to pull up through the mulch. I removed all of it last year to prevent harm to my ducks.
I'm not sure how it would work in permaculture system but you might consider using a worm farm under the mulch/ loose bedding to help consume the duck waste and provide a food source/ natural behavior/instinct outlet.
Grass would be good, too, if you want some green space. I'd look for forage type grasses that stand up to heavy livestock foot traffic.
I do not have call ducks so I cant speak to their ability to consume green forage. My cayuga ducks do actually enjoy grazing.
Their fat, flat feet do flatten grass. The areas they foraged on did not really need to be mowed that much last summer due to consumption & grass flattening.
There may also be some nativegrasses that would mesh well with your permaculture plan. My hens actually enjoyed being able to drest/digest under cover of tall native grasses like big blue stem/ little blue stem.
Edited by cayugaducklady - 3/9/16 at 12:34pm