Napalm. Agent Orange. A big bulldozer and a full-soil replacement
with Typar underlayment. (Or concrete.)
Equisetum has underground roots that go all the way to China. Or it
seems like it. The coal seams in my area are lithified Giant Horsetail
plants from the Pleistocene. (!)
When you pull the Mare's Tails up, get as much root as you can, each time.
I have it in my garden and all over the ranch, in our wetter hay meadows.
It's awful stuff. It's prehistoric. So are sharks. Good luck, pard.
I've always wondered if sweetening up the soil pH with lime would make
Horsetail (Equisetum) feel unwelcome. I haven't tried it yet, but intend
to give it a shot.
Equisetum is in no danger of going extinct in Alaska. It's all over the
place up here and probably all across the circumpolar areas of the
planet. It's flourishing in my garden right now, but it's easy to pull
the mare's tail phase up when I weed.
Have varieties gone extinct?
Many species have gone extinct.
There were even some species that reached tree-like proportions in the (now
extinct) allied genus Calamites!!!
Don't worry. They went extinct hundreds of millions of years ago.
Long before you were even born!!!
There are only about 30 species of Equisetum that survive today.
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