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    Alison M is offline Germinator
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    Default Horsetail problem

    Please can anyone tell me how i get rid of horsetail weeeds i'm overun with them and cant get rid. I want to dig over my garden to start planting vegies next season but i really need to get rid of this problem.
    I would appreciate as much advice as possible. Thankyou

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    Found this link for you - sounds like it's going to be hard work! Horsetail, recognition and eradication

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    Thankyou very much, so much appreciated.

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    We took our plot after it had been left to itself for 10 yrs and it was over head height with horsetails, willow herb and nettles, plus most other weeds you can think of. Over the years (nearly 30!) we've tamed everything except the horsetails. The only practical thing to do is pull them as you see them come up and it weakens them, slowly. If you tread on them first to crush them and split the waxy covering, weedkillers will work on the tops but they don't get to all the root system. It helps to take the tops off the male ones as they appear, (they look like elongated pine cones with pollen!) as at least it will stop any more new plants. Good luck

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    they dislike being shaded and don't compete well with taller plants. They also like acidic conditions.

    I have horsetail all over the school's wildlife garden: it is much worse in the sunny open areas and on the bark paths. It's slightly less horrific in the shadier areas. I am pulling it up, baking it in the (!) sunshine then composting it when it's brown & crispy.

    I'm also sowing green manures to try and crowd it out

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    It's a PITA , we keep pulling it out but The roots go down to Australia so it doesn't really seem to affect stuff..........
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    I'd forget trying to get rid of it, and work with it. It was rampant on our first lottie, and plagued the next door plot. The woman on that plot just pulled out it out where it appeared, didn't worry about the roots, and kept her soil in good nick.

    The plot on t'other side had been subjected to every chemical/whatever over 3 years to get rid of it, and it was STILL there, along with the fairly ruined soil.
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    I have it really, REALLY bad in my garden. Evertime I'm in it I pull more of it up. An overgrown part (which I think is overgrown with some sort of clover - quite tall mind) doesn't have it as bad, and any part that does have it, the horse tail is weak, yellow and slightly shrivelled (sp?) - there's an article in the Sept issue of GYO about it - which as above mentions it hates being shaded... which seems to work for me!

    I've also used roundup on some of it coming through part of my driveway which is covered in stone chippings.

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