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How to Kill Cattails and Phragmites

September 13, 2018

If you own a pond or a lake shore property, you may have run into an issue, big or small, with cattails and reeds (phragmites). Whether cattails and reeds are taking over your whole pond, or just a small section of your lake property, getting rid of these plants can be challenging. Wondering how to kill cattails and phragmites for good?

Lake Restoration offers an effective solution for killing cattails and phragmites, as well as any other emergent weeds.

If you have tried simply cutting the plants down, this may have only spread the seeds, creating new growth potential.

If you have tried pulling or cutting these weeds out with no success, it might be time to try a herbicide solution, like the Cattail and Waterlily Control products from Lake Restoration.

Killing phragmites and cattails in the fall when they are over 4ft tall and the water temp is still above 60 degrees is the ideal treatment time. You don’t want to treat them in early spring when they are already dead from the winter weather. Treating cattails when they are alive is key so they can absorb the chemical from the herbicide.

With this cattail herbicide solution, the mixture of the herbicide and surfactant, then mixed with water, is sprayed on the plant itself. After 3-4 weeks, the plant will turn brown and wilt. At this point, you may remove the plant from the ground or cut them down without having to worry about spreading the seeds. The seeds will have been dried up from the chemical. This herbicide can take care of up to 60% of cattail regrowth for the next year.

Mixing the herbicide in a gallon pump sprayer will work fine for spraying the cattails or phragmites with the herbicide solution. You can spray the whole plant from base to top with the herbicide. Make sure the spray flow is more than just a mist.

Make sure you wear proper clothing and protective equipment. Wearing long sleeves and pants, as well as gloves, goggles and safety respirator is important to protect yourself while treating the plants.

Killing cattails and phragmites can be done! Taking the right steps and treating at the right time of year can make it a more successful attempt at getting rid of them so you can enjoy the beauty of your pond again!

Controlling Cattails in Your Pond

May 18, 2018

Manage Cattails in Your Lake or Pond

Cattails grow around many ponds and lakes. They can be aesthetically unappealing and inhibit the use of your swimming area. Cattails are very identifiable because of to their fruit’s unique, corndog-like shape. The fruit is called a catkin and grows at the top of the plant. The catkin becomes fuzzy in the fall when it spreads its seeds. These plants can be ugly and messy so removal is often desired.

You might have tried removing them by pulling them out by hand or cutting them down. Pulling the cattails out by hand can be a waste of time and energy since the cattails will grow back if the whole root system is not removed. Cutting down the plant below water level to drown it can stimulate growth if done too early in the season. Chemical control with an aquatic herbicide is the easiest and most effective way to deal with cattails.

We recommend using our cattail and water lily control products for emergent weed control. The product has two parts. Alligare Glyphosate is an herbicide that kills emergent weeds (weeds that grow up above the water from below the surface) like cattails. It is combined with the Alligare Surfactant, which helps the herbicide adhere to the cattails by breaking down the outer layer of the leaves. This allows the herbicide to be fully absorbed into the plant.

Once the cattails have dried up and are crispy, you can go ahead and cut them down. You’ll want to wait until they are completely dried up and dead after 3-4 weeks so that when you pull them, the seeds will not spread.

Our products are great for treating other emergent vegetation around your pond or lake, like bulrush, phragmites and purple loosestrife. Treatment should be done when the weeds are at least 4 ft tall, generally in the spring or fall.

These products are EPA approved and have no swimming or fishing restrictions. You can have a clear pond or lake shore; see results in as little as one week! 

Visit us at LakeRestoration.com for all your aquatic herbicide needs. 

 

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