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Any ideas for getting rid of horsetail? (1 reply)

Ednaduck
Ednaduck
3 years ago
Ednaduck 3 years ago

Hi All, 

One of the gardens I  work at has a major horsetail problem. Any ideas for getting rid of it please?

We've tried digging it out but the roots are really deep so you never really get all of them out, we've tried continuously hoeing the tops to try and weaken the roots but this results in the tops dividing and we've tried a biodegradable weedkiller from the Green Gardener which does kill the top growth but then regrows.

We're getting very grumpy with it so if anyone can suggest anything we'd be grateful.

Hemeroholic
Hemeroholic
3 years ago
Hemeroholic 3 years ago

It's impossible to get rid of it if it's growing among other plants, as you say digging doesn't work as the roots are up to 7ft deep, hoeing just spreads it more, the only way is using a weedkiller with Glyphosate in, then it would need several applications, (Glyphosate is about to be banned for home use I believe).

There is a reason why it has been around since prehistoric times.

All you can do is pull up any shoots that appear, this should weaken it but it will take a few years.





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