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    Default Mare's Tails

    Hadn't been able to get to lottie for 3 weeks till last Sunday.
    I could've wept! Mare's tails EVERYWHERE! In my raised beds, totally covering the paths..................
    I know you are supposed to dig them out, one by one as far down as you can - and I am doing this in my beds. Got a load of black plastic to cover the paths and try and kill them off.
    Does anyone have anyother ideas?
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    Don't stress, they might look messy but they won't take much away from your veg. And don't waste your time trying to dig them right out, unless you want to dig a mine shaft or something - they can go down 20ft or so... Just hoe them, or pull as much as you can when hand weeding, and they'll weaken eventually.
    There's a couple of threads in Allotment Advice too.

    If you Google, search for Horsetail - mares-tail is a different thing, I think a water plant
    Equisetum - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (Horsetail)

    Hippuris - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (Marestail)

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    Aye, don't fret it....there are worse things to have. Bindweed just strangles everything...and horsetail can be collected up and put into water to soak the goodness out for giving goodness back into the soil.
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    Just keep hoeing them off at ground level......eventually you will win.
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    Oh what a shame DDL. Yes, they are a nightmare. Don't waste your time trying to dig them out - it can't be done - they have roots all the way to Australia. Hoe them off at ground level. It's not possible to get rid of them, but they can be kept under control.

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    I was told, years ago, that you can make a spray for blight from mares-tail. You have to soak the plant in water for a few days and spray spuds and tomatoes every day.
    I've never tried it as have never had mare's-tail.

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    If you keep hoeing them off the roots will eventually starve. Keep the hoed off part and make a tea with it and spray on all plants as it contains a high amount of silica and helps strengthen other plants making them less succeptable to pests and diseases! Also works to prevent blight. In a way you are lucky as I have to forage for it whilst walking my dog!! It is also used as a biodynamic prepareation tea.

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    Thanks for your advice everyone, youve made me feel a lot happier.
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