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I have been making grass mat blinds ever since I saw the video on the internet on how to construct them. But I have only used grass. What about cattail reeds? Can you cut them green and will they dry to brown and be useable? I put two or three strands of grass in each twist but can you use just one reed per twist? I get several years out of the grass but how long do the reeds last? Thanks in advance since you may save an old man wasted work.
 

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I used to make mats and have used some cattails at times. Pretty much what Getduck said, they get brittle as they dry. If you mix them with grass it didn’t matter much.
Anymore I just zip tie up bundles of ripgut. Think I just got lazy. Ripgut holds together better than most anything else I have tried. I did use some of the wife’s lemon grass last year too. Made the layout boat smell good for a while and held up pretty good too.
 

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I used to make mats and have used some cattails at times. Pretty much what Getduck said, they get brittle as they dry. If you mix them with grass it didn't matter much.
Anymore I just zip tie up bundles of ripgut. Think I just got lazy. Ripgut holds together better than most anything else I have tried. I did use some of the wife's lemon grass last year too. Made the layout boat smell good for a while and held up pretty good too.
Talked to a local up there and found out they are a non-native species--Norweigan cattails. Apparently they are much tougher and in fact he sent me a link to where they made shoes out of the reeds. I am going to cut some reeds green and see if they dry out as tough as those shoes looked like. I know when I stopped to check them out the edges were almost knife like and the reeds are flatter than the cattails I have where I hunt in Oklahoma. I have used the pampas grass down here to make mats and they get brittle like the other commenters have noted but the three years I get out of them is sufficient for my purposes. Now the long red grass I use for my primary mats seems to last as long as the twine I use which seems to rot away at five years or so.
 

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Talked to a local up there and found out they are a non-native species--Norweigan cattails. Apparently they are much tougher and in fact he sent me a link to where they made shoes out of the reeds. I am going to cut some reeds green and see if they dry out as tough as those shoes looked like. I know when I stopped to check them out the edges were almost knife like and the reeds are flatter than the cattails I have where I hunt in Oklahoma. I have used the pampas grass down here to make mats and they get brittle like the other commenters have noted but the three years I get out of them is sufficient for my purposes. Now the long red grass I use for my primary mats seems to last as long as the twine I use which seems to rot away at five years or so.
I got a batch of lemon grass that died in the her herb bed. I may use it for a bit of 'topping' on the blind. Smell would be a plus compared to a wet Chessie ;)
 
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