Pulling Cat tails

Hello Friends!

No feline cats were harmed in the production of this post.

For a while now, I have been shopping around for cattails for my yard. Many garden shops do not sell large varietys and I have been told by both the specialty stores to just dig some up and put them in your yard.

I have never done this before, so I watched a few YouTube’s about the subject. They give the impression that you just pull a cattail out of the ground and demonstrate it with ease.

Well, I would post a link, but they were wrong!

Me making a dirty discovery

I did not wish to make anyone upset for gathering them so I located some in a damaged drainage ditch near my home. These tough little guys were nearly a foot in the mud! Eww!

Due to my muddy hands, I was unable to take photos, but I dug up around 12 plants.

Returning to Willow Manor, I dug a trench about as deep as the roots were and planted them. The ducks loved splashing in all the mud I made!

I planted them here!

I covered the plants with alternating layers of straw and mud to simulate the area I found them in. The ducks loved it and buried their heads neck deep in the mixture as I supersaturated the area with water.

Top Left. The white male duck looks on in contempt. I tell you, they have personality!

I have several reasons for wanting cattails on my property. I could go on for a while about them, but I will save that for when they are not dormant so I can photograph the useful parts.

Hopefully, an aesthetically pleasing look will be suffice for now.

At this point, it is time to wait and see if any come up. I am fairly confident they will as some view them as prolific weeds.

Speaking of waiting, due to instructions given by medical staff, I am doing my best to stay far from people in a waiting game to ensure I am good to be around others.

Looking like a colorful bank robber helps.

Oh dear, a seam is showing on my custom buff.

Author: The Storyteller

Benjamin Thiel is a husband, father, correctional professional and author of The Ongoing Tale at Brothers Campfire. His favorite quote is "Don't count the lions. It will make you afraid and slow you down."

25 thoughts on “Pulling Cat tails”

    1. No doubt! I did everything I know to do to make it successful. The high volume of plants increases my chances of success I believe! How is the Salsa World Traveler faring today?

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