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Clearing Bull rushes from duck pond
May 23rd, 2019 at 5:44pm
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Anyone have a preferred method of removing bull rushes from duck pond ...my favourite pond is filling up with  tall bull rushes ...soon there will be no clear water for birds to land on !
  

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Reply #1 - May 23rd, 2019 at 8:31pm
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We had rushes on our pond,we used roundup that sorted them out,have you tried that, Smiley Smiley
  
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Reply #2 - May 26th, 2019 at 3:57am
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Roundup and Escort mixed together with a sticker like pulse will do the job.
  
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Re: Clearing Bull rushes from duck pond
Reply #3 - May 26th, 2019 at 7:56am
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Depends on if ya got anything living in the water that ya want to keep alive. fresh water crays, bullys etc. Will not go well with spray

  
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Imo you'll do more harm than good. Destroying food sources which are bringing the ducks in and ruining the natural habitat. I own a worthwhile wetland in the Wairarapa and never use spray near a pond.
  

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Re: Clearing Bull rushes from duck pond
Reply #5 - May 26th, 2019 at 2:39pm
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Got-ya wrote on May 26th, 2019 at 3:57am:
Roundup and Escort mixed together with a sticker like pulse will do the job.

Escort not to be used on water ways its eco -toxic.
  
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Re: Clearing Bull rushes from duck pond
Reply #6 - May 28th, 2019 at 4:27pm
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While not being an expert in this particular thing if it was my pond I would bash a hold in the middle using mechanical means (not spray) so that they have somewhere to land and leave the rest as cover for the ducks.
  

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Reply #7 - May 28th, 2019 at 7:51pm
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MassiveAttack wrote on May 28th, 2019 at 4:27pm:
While not being an expert in this particular thing if it was my pond I would bash a hold in the middle using mechanical means (not spray) so that they have somewhere to land and leave the rest as cover for the ducks.

That's more like it.
  

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Re: Clearing Bull rushes from duck pond
Reply #10 - Jul 31st, 2019 at 8:58am
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Grandad wrote on May 26th, 2019 at 9:19am:
Imo you'll do more harm than good. Destroying food sources which are bringing the ducks in and ruining the natural habitat. I own a worthwhile wetland in the Wairarapa and never use spray near a pond.


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I would never come close to pond (or any body of water) with any sort of chemical spray. In fact in Europe it is illegal to spray closer than 5m and there is big fines for it. How come here in "100% pure NZ" people still spray this shit right along the streams and ocean?

Trouble with most of the sprays is that it badly affect microorganisms which (as the very important part of foodchain) are the reason why ducks are coming to your pond...

Hard but best way is to get someone with 4wd and front winch to come close to the pond. You (in waders probably) holding small boat anchor or homemade hook and hooking the rushes one by one and than pulling them out. Sometimes it works just with strap wrapped around the plant. I have done this as part of my job, it is hard work but by far most efficient as it takes years for them to come back, unlike when you just cut them with blade or chainsaw...

You will take out big sections of mud/roots too but this disturbance will actually create good feeding grounds for insect and attract birds too... Wink Than you can tow the plants somewhere else, maybe to retain greasy bank or muddy flats...
  

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