The Q&A Archives: Cattails

Question: Our new home in a small community sits on a pond which our porch, living and bedrooms overlook. When we moved in 2 months ago our water view was great. Now all we see is glimpses through the cattails. Can these be cut back if the HOA approves so we can enjoy more of the waterview for which we paid a premium?

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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