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Horsetail problem

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absolutmum Fri 03-May-13 17:13:36

We moved house at the end of last year, now spring is here we find that our front garden is overrun with horsetails. Tried snapping them off, they keep coming back, there are 100's off them covering the flower beds, coming up through the lawn and invading the drive.
Does anyone know how to get rid of them, looked on google and it said vinegar, but surely that will upset the soil pH and kill everything else?

cantspel Fri 03-May-13 17:50:05

You need to kill the root or it will just keep coming back.

Get yourself some gardening gloves and wear them to bruise the leaves (rub them between your hands to break up the waxy surface of the leaves) then rub into the leaves some resolve 24 or other weedkiller containing Glyphosate the higher Concentrate the better)
You will need to keep treating but it will eventually die.

absolutmum Fri 03-May-13 18:09:39

Do you think it would work if I injected Glyphosate into the stems?

JillJ72 Fri 03-May-13 18:51:20

I have read they are older than the hills and are keen to live. I have found pulling up regularly is sufficient to reduce their growth and spread (I don't use chemicals on my allotment). They contain spores that will happily spread so be vigilant. NB the root is v dark brown / black.

cantspel Fri 03-May-13 20:17:31

No you want a fair amount of leaf to coat with Glyphosate as it will soak into the sap and then be carried down to the root system, so the more leaf you can coat the more weedkiller will be attacking the root.

MrsTwgtwf Fri 03-May-13 20:20:08

Planting lavender over them (pref through a black groundcover sheet) gets rid of them. Smells and looks nice too.

Showtime Sat 04-May-13 15:49:02

Thanks for lavender idea (had this at earlier house). Old Norfolk gardener told me of someone digging a well 2m down - and finding some roots. She never got rid of it, despite beautiful

absolutmum Sat 04-May-13 16:36:35

Glyphosate purchased - let battle commence!

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