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Cattails, what makes a lake a serene place
Wednesday, April 6
Who doesn’t like being out on the lake or pond on a warm, crisp day pulling up to the sandy beach to drop an anchor? When we drop hear the engines stop and the anchor hits bottom we know it’s time for two things…playing in the warm water or time to bait the hooks.
Part of what makes these lake days so special is the scenery, the smell of freshwater in the air, the feeling of the warm sun against our skin and the gorgeous sites around the banks such as the Cattails, Hydrangea, Water Cress, Water Lilies in full bloom and the ever erect cattails.
Cattails make the lakes and ponds a gorgeous site because the stems look so frail but seem so sturdy, sturdy enough to hold the 4-6 inch high brown fuzzy bloom sitting on the top. The cattail brings grace and radiance to the bank lines. Cattails can reach heights of up to 6-8 feet tall believe it or not and the blooms on top can reach up to 12 inches but most are around 4-6 inches with small brown hair like fibers. Cattails bring radiance to the pond or lake setting because so many creatures are attracted to them. Butterflies love to flock to them and perch themselves while they eat or rest from a long days bout. Dragonflies love to rest upon the brown fuzzy blooms as they wait for their food to pass by and fish as well as other aquatic animals love to feed off the roots and stems that float about in the water.
Cattails must have a moist, wet soil in order to thrive at their fullest potential and to grow to their fullest capacity. Cattails are a great plant to have around a pond, lake or water garden because of their radiance and serenity that you get when you look at them. Cattails can be purchased at great prices from TN Nursery.