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Cattails can spread rapidly to water depths of four feet. Established cattails over time trap sediments, grass clippings and leaves. As this foundation builds creating shallower conditions the cattails further encroach accelerating the transition from open water to a dominant emergent weed pond or shoreline.
Pond and lake views are reduced by cattails that can grow to ten feet.
The best method is the application of a herbicide with the active ingredient called glyphosate found in brands like Rodeo and Shore-Klear. Rodeo herbicide is applied directly onto the dry emergent portion of the plant. The herbicide will translocate down into the root system controlling the plant permanently.
We recommend cutting only when there are a few Cattails in the way. Cutting is labor intense and regrowth typically occurs within the same season.
Liquid herbicides like Rodeo should be applied by a hand held pump up type sprayer or a Solo Back pack sprayer.