I'm afraid that my yard is overrun with the things. They are quite
prehistoric, and I actually have a shale fossil of a plant that is very
I've been pulling them for a year, but if I leave the tiniest bit of root,
they just grow back.
I've tried paraquat, glyphosphate, and 2-4-d. They seem to enjoy it.
I don't want to use a soil sterilizer, but I'm stumped.
Thank you in advance
You have to admire, even if grudgingly, a plant that is capable of
withstanding everything nature and man have thrown at it since the
If you keep at it long enough, eventually you will starve the last of
the rhizomes. But it takes a lot of patience to outlast something that
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It may take a lot of times. It will kill the tops but won't
translocate to the rhizomes, which then produce new top growth. If you
keep after them diligently, so the tops never get to survive long
enough to replenish the rhizomes, you will eventually win.
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Horsetails have been around since the Devonian if not earlier which means
they also survived whatever cause the Permian extinctions. However, it's
possible they can be displaced by other more advanced plants given the
right environmental conditions, though this may require a herbivore that
mows them down repeatedly..
Other than that, have you tried harnessing the most destructive force known
to man: a group of pre-school kids? Perhaps a game of "pin the horsetail
on the dustbin modified to look like a donkey" is in order.
The class Sphenopsida does go back to the Devonian, and the order
Equisetales was the only order of sphenopsids to survive the Permian
extinction. If the extinct genus Equisetites is really the same as
modern Equisetum, as some think, then Equisetum goes back to the
Carboniferous, survived the Permian extinction, and is the oldest
living genus of vascular plants.
Problem with grazing them is they're poisonous (especially to horses,
but also to other livestock). Equisetosis is a common ailment when
animals are pastured on horsetail-infested fields.
Paid a penny bounty on snails once. A hundred dollars didn't put a
dent in the snail population.
Grazing or letting kids pillage it won't do any good with horsetail
anyway, because it comes back from rhizomes that can run as deep as
Dichlobenil (Casoron) is the rancher's poison of choice for horsetail.
It just snickers at gardeners armed with glyphosate (Roundup,
Yup. Perhaps you can arrange to trade yards with the person in the
"sectional grass" thread.
Casoron (dichlobenil) is what seems to be used most in the PNW. Haven't
tried it, but I suspect it's also going to need timing in applications,
and repeated applications. Oust is another that's sometimes used; again,
I have no experience with it.
Black plastic will work, but it's ugly as ... mulch won't. I doubt
solarization will help, at least with the deep-rooted species.
Try google for equisetum and control
Take advantage of having it and dig it and pot it and sell it on ebay
to the pond entuhusiasts. We had been looking for some all summer
long but all the sotres that carry it were sold out in early
spring.Very popular with ponders.......
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We already tried the nukes. My boys like their new blond hair.
I can't decide weather to just learn to like the things, or plant a bunch
of mint and then film next summer's hit monster movie.
"Horstail vs. Mint."
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