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#203722 - 02/11/10 09:51 PM Re: Controlling Cattails [Re: The Pond Frog]
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That's a lot of cattails. I don't know what's harder to eradicate, cattails or eurasian water milfoil.
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#203729 - 02/11/10 10:22 PM Re: Controlling Cattails [Re: esshup]
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This pond was totally full of Eurasian Milfoil, unfishable. I mean from bottom to top. A much different problem and eradication, but got almost 99% removed mechanical and zero herbicides. This dense old growth stuff is real tough. I'd say bulrushes just from the density.

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#227044 - 07/18/10 10:33 PM Re: Controlling Cattails [Re: The Pond Frog]
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This post has gave me some awesome insight thank you fella's....I have a question that you all may be able to help me with. After the cattails are removed can you keep them at bay by placing rock (rip-rap we call it) around the perimeter of the pond and along it's banks? Or does this have no effect at all?

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#227055 - 07/18/10 11:42 PM Re: Controlling Cattails [Re: snide]
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It will slowdown the spread of cattails, but I have them coming up through even tighter rocks than rip rap. Best plan of attack is to remove all new growth asap. As in as soon as you see it. Heavy duty landscape fabric under the rip rap would work wonders. I do a lot of that now. Puts me out of work for cattail removal, but in some places like rockfilled spillways and shallows that are exposed during drawdown it is really the right way to go. I laways have some cattails to remove.

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#227056 - 07/18/10 11:50 PM Re: Controlling Cattails [Re: The Pond Frog]
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Originally Posted By: The Pond Frog
It will slowdown the spread of cattails, but I have them coming up through even tighter rocks than rip rap. Best plan of attack is to remove all new growth asap. As in as soon as you see it. Heavy duty landscape fabric under the rip rap would work wonders. I do a lot of that now. Puts me out of work for cattail removal, but in some places like rockfilled spillways and shallows that are exposed during drawdown it is really the right way to go. I laways have some cattails to remove.


Thanks!! Care to come to SE Indiana and fix the problem..lol Nobody in my area even deals with cattail removal...2.5 Acers and as you can see from the Google Earth Photo...I have the issue all the way around the pond, almost filling in and choking out two small coves...You can also see recent photo's here...

http://www.pondboss.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=225443#Post225443

And below a birdseye view from Google Earth


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