Livestock and Forages

Plants for the Buffer Zone Around Livestock Ponds

Clemson Extension Program Team

Livestock and Forages; Water Resources

Publication Date

Fall 10-3-2023

Publication Number

LGP 1181


Healthy vegetation within buffer zones helps prevent erosion and intercepts sediment and pollutants (e.g., phosphorus) that can compromise water quality. The vegetation in buffer zones can include grasses, herbaceous perennials, shrubs, and trees. Once established, plants in riparian communities can develop thick root systems. Plant root systems contribute to improved soil health and bank stabilization and serve as a filter for sediments and pollutants that could wash into the pond otherwise. Proper management of the riparian buffer zones is needed to enhance stand longevity and support the sustainability of the ecosystem. This publication provides information on recommended plants for use in buffer zones of livestock ponds in three distinct regions (i.e., Upstate, Midlands, and Lowcountry) of South Carolina.

Publication Type



Land-Grant Press by Clemson Extension

Publisher City

Clemson, SC

Target Audiences

general public, beginning farmer, experience farmer