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 08-22-2000, 17:11 Post: 19059
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My pond is surrounded by cattails that extend from the bank out to approxiamtely 20 feet. I have JD4300. Any suggestions on how the 4300 could be used to pull the cattails out of the pond would be appreciated. Can't afford a backhoe.






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 08-22-2000, 18:17 Post: 19060
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I dont know if anyone has told you or not,but these JD 4000 series do not float(and they are not waterproof either),they are not made like a volkswagon so whatever you do not drive it in the pond.

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 08-22-2000, 20:01 Post: 19062
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Chuck a 4300 with a 48 backhoe could reach about 10 feet out. Or you could find a contractor with a large track hoe. These machines can reach about 20 feet with out any problem. Chris






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 08-23-2000, 09:00 Post: 19073
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Removing the cat-tails is only a very small part of your problem. If they are removed and nothing else is done, they will grow right back, with a vengance. There is several ways to prevent this kind of growth around water, probably the most workable solution is to remove the cat-tails and cover the area around the pond with a strip of EPDM (rubber) pond-liner material, then cover with river rock, or similar. You would not need to cover the entire area, just the part nearest the pond, unless the ground near the pond is not high enough above water level to remain dry and discourage this type of plant. Best of luck.






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 09-19-2002, 22:02 Post: 42675
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Depending on how deep the water is and how far above the water line the bank is you may not be able to remove the cattails. I have a NH 555 4x4 with a 20' reach and I could only go out about 6 feet down from the bank to the roots. In my case there was about 4 ft tall plants above the water and about as much below. If you use a bacehoe the best bet is to put it a 45% angle to the shoreline. That way you reach out and dig and still be able to swing the bucket onto shore. For safety ('cause I ain't a good swimmer) I keep both out riggers within inches of the ground and swing the hoe all the way around facing away from the pond to transfer the weight toward the bank and off the inside rear wheel. BE CAREFUL though--a hard acceleration forward up the bank will spin you right back around to the pond. There's a big chunk of seat foam missing now! Don't ask!!! : )






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 09-20-2002, 00:13 Post: 42678
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CHUCK I HAD THE SAME PROBLEM,I SPRAYED THEM WITH ROUND UP
AND THEN BURNED THEM OFF WHEN THE POND ICED OVER,ROUND UP
DIDN'T KILL THE FISH.THE CAT TAILS NEVER CAME BACK EITHER.
THEY DO MAKE SOME STUFF FOR CAT TAILS CALLED RODEO BUT
ROUND UP IS CHEAPER AND DOES THE SAME THING.






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 09-20-2002, 08:12 Post: 42692
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We have lots of cattails around our ponds and I normally just back up as far as I can with my brushhog and cut them... but!!! Here in Ohio there is a lot of land reclaiming and this includes ponds. There are companies that will come out to your house and actually pull out the cattails for their reclaimation.






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 09-27-2002, 19:32 Post: 43019
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What I finally ended up doing was to hire a guy with a large trackhoe. He dugout all the cattails/roots in late 2000 and they haven't come back. If you follow this technique be careful about where you put the cattails and tons of muck that comes with them. The guy just threw it over the backside of the dam. About a month later I noticed a big crack in the back of the dam and within a year a 75 foot wide and 6 foot deep section on the back of the dam slipped!! In June of this year I had a bulldozer guy come in to reshape the dam as well as put in a new drawdown pipe (which was destroyed by the slippage). The removal of the cattails was $750 but the repair to the dam was $3200 !! So Sad






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 09-27-2002, 20:40 Post: 43025
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I live in Ohio and could not find the product "Rodeo". I admitt I really did not look to hard. Where can you get it, and how come Roundup didn't kill the fish? What about my Big Dumb Dog who can't swim but only drinks pond water? I may need a back hoe if that stuff 86's him.






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 09-28-2002, 02:01 Post: 43037
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DC, I haven't seen Rodeo in the larger hardware stores, but it is advertised in our Farm/Agriculture newspaper (Cal Farm Bureau). From this I assume it would be available at a farming supply, (instead of home owner supply). Best of luck.






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