Answer: I'd present the following facts to the HOA: Cattails can be considered weedy growth in both natural and manmade ponds because of its fast growth rate. Cattails produce a dense rhizome mat, will readily form colonies, and the clustered leaves cause litter. And, dense cattail growth and litter may reduce the opportunity for other plants to establish or survive. Cutting the plants below the surface of the water will not harm the roots of the plants and may help to control its rampant growth.
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