Problems with my ducks little fenced in area : Laying season means their pond my mom and I spent two months digging and preparing doesn't get filled. So instead they get a kiddie pool. Not bad, change it everyday and they get cleaned, plus no broken eggs in water anymore. But... The ducks ate all the grass and plants in there. Nothing is growing in there except a few trees. They even stripped the pine shrubs clean. Or atleast I think it's pine.. It's non-toxic so whatever. But the needles haven't grown back since they stripped it clean back in late November. The grass hasn't grown back either. I tried growing this Canadian grass that's supposed to start growing in 5 days and they ate it as soon as the grass started growing, along with the seeds/roots. But because nothing grows another problem has arised- Poor drainage and stinky muddy pools wherever water is. So the kiddie pool has poop-mud around it. Their waterer has poop-mud around it and in it. I can't stand it anymore! I love my ducks very much but I can't seem to get their place good looking at all! I wanna go out there and have a feeling like I'm at a lovely park or at some nice place in the woods. But all I see is poop-mud and hardened cement like dirt. It was so pretty there when I first put the ducks in. Lovely green grass, non-toxic shrubs, a pretty pond, and a few small trees. But because they ate everything it turned to yucky. I don't want to show neighbors yucky, I want to show neighbors pretty! I'm rather embarrassed of the place and I miss my pretty duck area.. I want it back.. It does slightly confuse me that there's poor drainage. The rest of the backyard drinks up any water and doesn't have stagnant pools of poop-mud. Is there something from the duck's poop that's making the ground like this? So please, I'm begging you folks with pretty duck ponds and aviaries, how do you do it? What is your secret? Any tips for me? If I used a rotor tiller would it fix anything or make things worse? And if it's important, I live in the high deserts of Cali. I get bi-polar weather from time to time. From spending time at a ranch here which also have ducks I didn't think the duck portion of the yard would get messy. They have bamboo growing there and I've heard that bamboo is a fast growing plant. Mom and I tried bamboo with our ducks - They destroyed it/ate it. My mom is frustrated with the ducks eating/destroying everything she tries (she's a garden lover) but I don't want to give up. It doesn't even have to be plants. Something to atleast make the ground appealing and to rid of the poop-mud.