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21/05/2012 at 20:17

This plant keeps popping up in our garden, origionally we thought it was just an old rot system, but it's growing really quickly and spreading. Its now coming through all of my fruit and veg plants and I'm a little bit worried.

I think it is coming from our neighbours garden as it seems to only be growing along the fence and is just starting to spread out.

 http://i765.photobucket.com/albums/xx294/clairedean90/plant4.jpg

http://i765.photobucket.com/albums/xx294/clairedean90/plant3.jpg

http://i765.photobucket.com/albums/xx294/clairedean90/plant2.jpg

http://i765.photobucket.com/albums/xx294/clairedean90/plant1.jpg

Any help would be much appreciated

21/05/2012 at 20:24
I think this might be mare's tail. Suggest you google same for ID and recommendations for management.
21/05/2012 at 20:47

It is almost indestructible.  Take the nuclear option!

21/05/2012 at 21:13

Hi Claireylouise - it's hard to eliminate marestail completely and even more so if it's coming through from your neighbour's garden, as any effort you make on your side of the boundary won't stop it growing there.  I'd suggest that whatever steps you take to kill it off, you ask your neighbour if you can do the same on their side - otherwise you'll have a never-ending battle.  If you google for ideas as to how to eliminate it, you may well find suggestions that you use glyphosate weedkiller.  This will work OK, as it travels to the roots and more or less kills stuff from the roots up.  However, this particular weed is a somewhat tough & even "waxy", so to get the glyphosate to work you need first to bruise the shoots (using gloved hands) so that the solution is taken into the plant - otherwise it'll just wash off in any rain.  You have to be very careful not to let the weedkiller touch anything else - or that will die too.  I'm so glad I don't have to deal with it & wish you lots of luck!

21/05/2012 at 21:24
Sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings.
21/05/2012 at 21:56

Get 2 stones, mash the Marestail between them then add herbicide. That is the way to kill it. It has a thick coating that normally stops all herbicides.

22/05/2012 at 10:47

We had it on our allotments years ago and never completely mastered it.  The roots go down an incredibly long way and is one of the oldest plants on earth.  However, most things can't survive efficiently if you don't allow them above soil.  Its just hoe, hoe and more hoe. 

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