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Pond Habitat Suggestions? (Cattail Alternatives)

1973 Views 11 Replies 6 Participants Last post by  srr5008
I bought a property last year with a small 1/2 acre pond. I'm hoping that I can draw on other people's pond experience. The pond gets up to 12' deep on one end, but on average it is probably 5-6' deep. It currently provides great habitat for bass, sunfish, dragonflies, ducks, redwing blackbirds... and mosquitoes!

The pond is not swampy - it is spring fed (although the spring usually dries up in the late summer and the water level fluctuates up to a foot). I've got some lily pads, pickerell weeds and a lot of cattails. I think the cattails are my problem - they create a stagnant section of water around the pond that is beneficial to mosquito breeding and I've also read that some mosquitoes lay their eggs in the cattails themselves.

I am slowly working on the battle to remove the cattails. I am keeping my removal on one side for now, because I don't want to eliminate all of my wildlife and fish habitat at once. I was wondering if anyone had suggestions for alternative plants to put in the water that would provide cover for fish and other critters? I am looking to avoid planting too straight up weeds as I would also like to use the pond for swimming. I'm also looking for something that can be planted in a decent water depth (12"+). Seems that most of the plants I see online are decorative and meant for 1-3" water depths. My cattails are as deep as 4 feet, and as much as I dislike them, I am hesitant to remove all of that fish habitat until I have some type of replacement in place. Any ideas?
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Buy a Aquatic Weed Eradicator Rake...I bought one they make it easier to pull cattails out.Its pricey but a great tool.
My pond I just made openings around the pond by removing cattails but leaving most.
Not sure but think they are good water filters and I like the look of them.
Buy the rake TRUST ME...I am poor man but that was money well spent.

Not sure what to tell you about vegetation maybe just build brush pile in water I do that too on 1 side of my pond gives cover for fish...
Was out in my puddle tonite never seen it so low!
Good time to do some work but PLEASE MORE RAIN!
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