Hi - I am new to this forum and i am hoping that some of you experts ca
help me out with this really tricky problem.
We have a weed that grows out from under the block paves on the drive
it is green and looks like little Christmas trees - or like the ends o
the branches of the Christmas tree. A sort of brown twig like centr
spine with green blades coming of in a herringbone style.
We have tried every make of weedkiller including the 'kills down to th
roots' kinds and it keeps coming back.
Can anyone tell us what it is plus if there is a way to get rid of i
once and for all - preferably without pulling the drive up :=)
I have a similar weed growing in the cracks of my driveway. I have all but
eliminated it by using the string trimmer on it every week. Each time I zap
it, less comes back. I think I will be able to completely eliminate it this
year without chemicals.
You are not in a forum. You are posting to an international, but
mostly American newsgroup.
It's called marestail, equisetum. It dates from the dinosaur age,
has black stringy roots 25 ft deep (so digging out is pointless) and is
Pulling off _every_ stem that appears in spring will help starve it
Before poisoning it, you have to thrash the weeds with a stick or
something to thoroughly bruise them. Otherwise, the weedkiller won't
penetrate its hard waxy skin. That's partly why your efforts failed to
make any impression before.
You probably won't eradicate it completely if the huge root system is
alive and well in neighbouring gardens, so this is going to be a
longterm battle, but it's worth the effort to limit the spread and stop
it taking over the whole garden.
Newsgroups and forums are completely different entities.
Do some homework on them, Tater Head, and you will be amazed when you learn
After that, you can take a peek at someone's blog.
dated Thu, 14 Jul 2005 16:39:24
"Forum" is a common English word for a place of open discussion. Type
"define: forum" on Google and you will find everything from a public
square to a court of law, and even "newsgroup" as an example of online
That being said, I don't think the focus should be on one word, the
original poster asked an on-topic question and I for one learned
something about horsetails.
from snipped-for-privacy@OMEGA.MITRE.ORG (Spud Demon) contains these words:
The OP is posting from a UK commercial website (www.gardenbanter)
which provides a portal to usenet newsgroups. Unfortunately, the website
does not really explain that to its members, so they mistakenly think
they are posting to a forum belonging to and operated by the website.
This appears to suit the webmaster's intentions.
There are significant differences, from a users POV, between a
website forum, and this newsgroup. Website forums are controlled by the
webmaster, often, to please, or at least avoid offending, the intersts
of advertisers who buy space there. So, gardenbanter moderates the
content of this newsgroup as it appears on their so-called "forum". Its
members are reading this newsgroup in a bowdlerised version moderated
for content and language.
Another difference is that on a website forum the webmaster/website
technology dictates how long messages and threads stay on view to users.
Many busy website forums/message boards are almost as transient as a
chatroom, and there's nothing the user can do about that. In
gardenbanter's case, this has the unwelcome effect of giving its members
a very short attention span. They can't keep an interesting thread in
full view as long as they choose, and therefore often have the greatest
difficulty in following threads and contributing to complex
Mostly, though not in this case, gardenbanters UK members manage to
hit the "forum" which leads them to uk.rec.gardening where they can get
UK-relevant advice. In that newsgroup, they have inadvertently caused
much thread disruption partly due to poor technology at the website
which forwards their posts...starting a new thread for each post, for
example, and not using reply-with-quote. They would be far better off,
imho, using any other method to read and post to newsgroups.
Thanks everyone - sorry if i got the name wrong and all that but th
advice is fantastic whatever this place is called and we will kee
blasting in the hope that we win through eventually.
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