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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-02-2018, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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Pond at camp

Does anyone have a pond at camp and put, for a lack of better term, "chemicals" or some sort of product (enviro friendly of course) in their pond to help keep the cat tails and algae down? IF so, what do you recommend?

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good luck with the cattails! algae, copper sulfate. env. friendly? I have never got good results from any of the safe stuff. I have had a pond in my yard for 30+ years and they are a battle to keep nice. the approved grass carp seem to work real well and I am going to try some of them now that I have the cattails under control.
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I could be wrong but I think there is also a bass that eats algae . not sure on the cat tails. sorry I couldn't be more helpful
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There are herbicides that can be used around water that will kill cattails. For algae you can buy a permit from the fish commission for tripoloids,(sterile grass carp) that will help with that problem. I recommend you contact your ag extension office and asked for recommendations.
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Go on YOUTUBE there is a good amount of info
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there are also herbicide pellets you can put in for cattails, but I didn't have much success with them after using them for 2 years. the first thing you need to do is identify which cattails you have. "narrow leaf" or "broad/wide" leaf. the narrow leaf, which I had, are much more difficult to kill. be prepared to spend some money, because most of the products available are pretty expensive. time of year for treating is also very important. you need to catch them in their growing cycle.
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Rodeo will become your friend in the battle with cattails. It is a version of Round Up that is approved for use in the water. I have used it successfully in my battle at our duck pond - it’s very shallow...so great for ducks, but it's also great for cattails.

It will likely take a few years to get them all under control, but it can be done with persistence. Each seed head is said to contain 250,000 seeds, and they are supposedly good for 100 years. Even so, I try to spray before seed heads are established. If I’m too late, I will cut off the seed heads and bury them somewhere with dry soil. The fewer seeds the better!

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The Rodeo spray is more expensive than generic Gly, but it’s worth it.
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Roundup works also, Monsanto says it's o.k. for farm ponds....
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Good stuff, thanks. It's only the 2nd year we've owned the property but noticed this spring, the cattails seem to be much thicker. Not so much algae persay as it seems to have a great spring flowing all of the time. Even last summer when it was real dry up there, the pond level never lowered and the overflow was flowing nicely.

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