We have a large pond on our (newly acquired) property and am wondering how to...

Asked April 18, 2013, 9:34 AM EDT

We have a large pond on our (newly acquired) property and am wondering how to safely remove (or reduce) the cattails in it so that they don't take over. We'd like to keep it a natural solution; without harmful chemicals for the fish. We've also looked at the weedrazor, but it looks like a lot of manual work! I'd appreciate any suggestions. Thanks!

Hancock County Ohio

1 Response

OSU Extension has a very good factsheet on managing cattails in ponds. Unfortunately, there are no good non-herbicide means to rid your pond of cattails other than manually digging them out of the mud (very labor intensive action). The factsheet describes the timing and the herbicides to use. One thing to make note of is the formulations of the herbicides recommended are specifically formulated to be used in ponds (i.e. safe for wildlife). The following URL will take you to the factsheet: http://ohioline.osu.edu/a-fact/0011.html