How To Get Rid of Cattails
Ponds, lakes and big water sources attract lots of different wildflowers and grasses. One of the most widespread plants that sprout near ponds and lakes is cattail. Cattails are quite common all around the globe. They look similar with usual green grass you see. They have long stalks that can grow as high as ten feet. During summer and fall seasons, brown cattail heads appear.
Cattails are normally a natural addition to any pond. They even help provide habitat for frogs, fishes and other pond and lake creatures. However, when cattails are not managed, they can rapidly eat up the soil surrounding your pond. If you have an open water source in your home like a small pond, you might probably know how annoying cattails can be. The best thing to do to avoid cattails attack is to manage them. Here are some things you can follow in order to get rid of cattails or limit their number.
Pull them up
Old cattails are hard to hand pull, but for those little, new cattails, you can just simply pull them up from the soil. Young cattails are easy to hand pull since their roots have not completely clung to the soil. So whenever new batch of cattails start to grow, it is better to pull them up as soon as possible.
Chop them up
If you cannot hand pull all the cattails, you can simply cut them. However, keep in mind that there is a right time for cutting cattails. In order to slow down their growth and even kill some of the upcoming cattails, you should cut cattails during the transition of summer to fall. Just use some garden shears and cut them. Eventually, all the food that they have stored will be consumed and they will not survive after the winter season. Remember to cut them during late summer. Never ever cut cattails during spring as this may cause for them to multiply.
Cattails can hardly grow in deep water. So if you want to get rid of cattails on the shoreline of your pond, fill the pond with more water. If the bodies of the cattails are submerged in water more than one or two feet, they will not be able to multiply.
Keep animals away
Although some cattle and cows are believed to eat grass, leaving them to graze near your pond where cattails are may not really help lessen those plants. During grazing, cattails seeds may even be spread on the soil, helping them to multiply. So if you have some animals at home, limit their access to the pond.
Manage it with chemicals
If the eco-friendly ways did not work quite well, you can always opt to use chemical management which is easy and effective. When you decide to use chemicals, choose the one which will have no, or the least, side effects to the natural habitat. You can always ask some gardeners about the best herbicides you can use. When administering chemical management, always follow the proper instructions or ask an expert for help.
Managing cattails is a must if you do not want your pond to be filled with tall cattails. However, do not remove everything. Cattail plant is still a part of the natural ecosystem of a pond: they provide habitat for water animals and even filter the water itself.