Top Questions About Horsetail Reed Plants

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Questions About Horsetail Reed Plants

Asked by
Anonymous on
June 23, 2015

Q. horsetail reed

Why is my horsetail reed bent and drooping?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 24, 2015
Certified Expert
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Wind can know over the plant. Also if it has dried out, it need the wet boggy growing conditions.
Trim away any damaged plants. It grows quickly, so you should be able to have a nice healthy plant in know time.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/horsetail/horsetail-herb-growing.htm

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Asked by
jsradov on
July 3, 2015

Q. horsetail

How do I kill horsetail. It is invading my flower bed from my neighbor’s yard and has shown up in my lawn. I really need help with this.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 3, 2015
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Asked by
Imaginarium on
July 9, 2015

Q. land that has been taken over by horsetail

I have a huge area of land that has been taken over by horsetail and it has now taken over my flower beds. Can you suggest any ideas on how to start trying to get rid of it? The area is covered with shingle and it gets worse each year. I usually go out and spend all day pulling them out. Any help will be very grateful.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 10, 2015
Certified Expert
A.

Here is a link that may have a little more help.
Best of luck.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/horsetail/horsetail-weed-control.htm

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Asked by
Witchwindy on
September 8, 2015

Q. Horsetail eradication

Horsetail eradication article does not match my experience. I have horsetail all around my yard, particularly in the flowerbeds around the foundation of my home, which are basically gravel and sand with some compost and commercial gardening medium added, so quickly draining, basically dry conditions, and this summer’s long drought here in the PNW did not slow their growth or spread. Since these flowerbeds are also full of perennial flowers and bulbs, I do NOT want to lose them. How do I eradicate this pest? In previous years, I just dug the beds 2′ deep and removed all roots I could see (I also have morning glory in one of those beds, the large white flowered, perennial kind which is just as difficult to eradicate) and then planted annuals in them, but I’m in my 70s now and that is a great deal of work that is very hard on my body and arthritic hands. I’d like a method that is not so labor intensive and won’t disturb or destroy my wanted plants.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
September 10, 2015
Certified Expert
A.

Horsetail has been around since the dinosaurs so it's irradication is no easy task.
Controlling it is a more likely possibility. Hand pulling and digging it up is still the best way to do so without risking the rest of your garden.

I did find some research that lists triclopyr as a treatment to kill Horsetail.
Look for this at a garden center.
Remember that any herbicide will kill everything it touches, such as your flowers.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/horsetail/horsetail-weed-control.htm

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Asked by
mnichw on
August 19, 2016

Q. horsetails and clover

I have some beds that have a thick layer of horsetails, which for the most part I like, as they provide a nice ground cover. They can creep into the lawn but weed killer seems to control them. However, last year I started getting a lot of clover mixing in with the horsetails in my beds, and it’s not a good look. I’m wondering if there is a way to control the clover or a chemical that will get rid of it without harming the horsetails. I need to do something, as my beds are beginning to look bad. Thank you very much.

Answered by
Alisma on
August 19, 2016
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Most herbicides that will kill clover will also kill horsetail, so I'm not sure if chemical methods will work. However, glyphosate is said to only temporarily harm horsetail:

https://ask.extension.org/questions/169233

Otherwise, hand weeding may be your only option.

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Asked by
Jmhturnbull on
October 16, 2016

Q. Persistent weed

Can you please tell me what this weed is and how to eradicate it? It seems to spread by runners underground and however much I dig it up, it spreads.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
October 17, 2016
Certified Expert
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This is called Field Horsetail.

The organic method of control is digging the rhizomes as deeply as possible and as regularly as you can. This can take years and it may not be possible to eradicate the weeds completely.
You can apply a chemical herbicide with glyphosate in the summer. Stepping on the plants to bend and bruise them prior to spraying can help with chemical intake into the plants.

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Answered by
Jmhturnbull on
October 18, 2016
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dear Downtoearthdigs, thank you for answering my question though I must say your answer is rather depressing. Jonathan

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Asked by
Peter Dyson on
May 12, 2017

Q. Horse or Mares Tail

I have this plant popping up all over the garden every year. I understand it spreads through the roots so chemical control is out of the question. It comes in from the field and hedgerow so I will never be able to stop it. Current method is to pull up each frond as I see it and dispose of in the council green bin. Does this keep it under control or encourage it to spread more ?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 15, 2017
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