Kill Cattail and Other Forms of Bullrushes with the Lake Mower™

Cutting Bullrushes like Cattail with the Lake Mower™

AZ Cattails

Throughout North America, cattails and bullrushes are, more often than not, the undisputed rulers of the freshwater marsh. Probably the most distinctive thing about the cattails are their flowers. Each cattail possesses thousands of tiny brown flowers all tightly compressed into a compact mass on the top of their stems. During late summer and early fall, these structures will begin to come apart, releasing their seeds into the wind as they do so.

The good news for water managers in charge of controlling cattail is that the Jenson Lake Mower™ really can put you in charge. The aim is to keep the cut cattail low enough to prevent the plants from emerging for a full season, commonly referred to as using the “drowning” method to kill cattail. Not only are most, if not all, cattail plants unable to survive the winter under those circumstances, but this approach also prevents them from producing flowers and seeds. In areas where some cattail is desirable, the precision with which the boat-mounted Jenson Lake Mower™ can accomplish effective environmentally responsible control is priceless; yet it’s one of the most affordable options available.

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Pictures show over an acre of bull rushes cut a foot below the water. Took less than a half a battery charge. Overall a big difference.

Due diligence is required to cut and move these reeds to a staging area to a removal site. Green and wet they are heavy in mass. A single cutting will not kill these reeds but will allow one to find the area one wants to use. That area then can be groomed over time for normal use with the cutter and the reeds will not come back, maybe. One should balance what they have in nature and act accordingly.

Dan H

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