Horsetail Weed

HorsetailQuick facts quoted from the RHS web page
Common name Horsetail, mare’s tail
Botanical name Equisetum arvense
Areas affected Beds, borders, lawns, paths and patios
Main causes May establish from seed, but usually arrives via rhizomes from neighbouring gardens, or stem fragments in composts or manures
Timing Seen in spring and summer; treat in late summer.

Regular hoeing will keep some form of control. The weed should not be composted as the seeds will live in the compost heap ready to grow again.

There are various chemical cures suggested:

There is no easy or cheap cure and every claimed cure may need to be repeated where horsetail is coming either from seed or from adjacent properties.

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