Waterscapes 101

Cattails

Cattails, Typha spp, is a common weed found in ponds, lakes, and wetland areas. Cattails produce tall stalks of green blades. They can grow up to 6 feet tall. Their "flowers" are the brown fuzzy catkin at the top of spikes.  

cattails in wetland
remove cattails from pond

Cattails spread easily. They can grow in moist soil conditions and in water up to 4 feet deep. Cattails spread by rhizome and seed. The seeds are easily carried to other areas by wind or birds. 

Cattails provide habitat for young fish. Perimeter cattails create a buffer for new water entering the pond. They capture unwanted nutrients, metals, and sediment, which improves water quality. 

Cattails can attract undesired wildlife like muskrats and geese. Mosquitoes are also attracted to the stagnant water where cattails grow. 

The big question is - Good or Bad to have Cattails in Pond?

Cattails have many benefits to a pond's health. Left unmanaged, they can overtake a pond, limiting access and reducing water depth. Spot treating cattails to control over-population is our recommendation

Physical removal of Cattails

Removing cattails with a rake or pulling by hand are options. They are both time consuming but safe options. Removing with equipment is faster but can have some negative results. Accidentally digging too deep to remove roots can create pond leaks. This is why manual removal is best.

Killing Cattails with Herbicide

The Cattail Killer Pack is the best treatment option to kill cattails to the roots. This kit includes Catt Plex, Cattzilla, and PlexMate. By mixing these treatments together and tank spraying on vegetation, there is better contact & penetration. The Cattzilla speeds up break down time of stalks. There are no water use restrictions after use. Results in 7-10 days.

Catt Plex is an effective treatment option for cattails. It is important to wait to spray until stalks are at least 12" tall. Tank spray vegetation directly. There are no water use restrictions after use. Results in 7-10 days.

After cattail herbicide kills weeds, follow up with Muck Remover pellets to break down dead waste and muck. Muck Remover cleans shorelines and restores them to their former beauty.

Controlling Cattails