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Manual Removal of Coontail. How long does it last?
#526036 09/18/20 11:01 AM
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My wife and I are considering making an offer on a house located on a 50-acre lake. The Homeowner's Association manages the lake and applies a "natural solution" to the aquatic weeds twice a year. The edge of the lake is currently filled with what I'm pretty sure is coontail (see attached photos).

Based on your experience, if I rake out the coontail, how long can I expect the raked area to remain relatively coontail-free? I know that no one can provide an exact answer, but I'm just trying to get a feel for how quickly coontail grows. Could I expect to clean out the area once per year? Twice a year?

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- Located in Kentucky
- Water depth of affected area is up to 10'
- Neighboring property is also affected by the coontail
- Very little current
- Mostly sunny

I really appreciate your help.

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Re: Manual Removal of Coontail. How long does it last?
JustClark #526064 09/18/20 09:51 PM
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Take that ball of weeds that you have in your hand, crush it, rub it together and then smell it. If it smells "skunky" I would say it's Chara, not Coontail.


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Re: Manual Removal of Coontail. How long does it last?
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esshup, I crushed it and smelled it. It didn't smell bad. Smelled like a plant.

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Originally Posted by JustClark
esshup, I crushed it and smelled it. It didn't smell bad. Smelled like a plant.


If you rake the coontail out, and the wind doesn't blow more back in, then raking once or twice a year will be sufficient.


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Thank you for the reply, esshup. Raking out a few times a year is doable.


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