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Mares Tail - how to win

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 15:21

2 months after spraying- tried it 2 years in a row.  some roots are dead i.e. black inside but 90% are still live.


I have dug some up and threw them in the council garden wheelie bin and a week later can see them sprouting up ready for new sproutings.

Mares Tail - how to win

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 14:56

They have brown roots, like shoe laces, and the very young are white roots, what I was referring to is the inside of the live root which is green.  If you snap a brown root if it is still live it will be green indisde.   After using Kurtail it looked dead above the surface, but under ground it was still live.

Mares Tail - how to win

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 14:07

I've been trying to beat it for 5 years, tried Progreen's Kurtail 2 years running and all it does is kill the tops, they blacken and you have a lovely clean bed until you check the roots and find they are still green inside and ready to grow again.  Indeed the following year they are up in the hundreds, not affected by Kurtail.

This year I am going to try glysophate.  Also am going to test the soil to see if it is acidic and look at liming it- anyone know how successful this is? 

Luckily my MT problem is contained in one very large walled bed- just in front of the patio. 

Saw the post re Ammonium Sulphamte works-where can you buy it?

identify please

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 09:37

Yes Weigela- pruning flowered shoots makes the flowers better next year, and needs the old stems removing periodically.  I rejuvenated 3 in my new house by cutting to a low framework- flowers great now.- before only had 3 or 4 sprigs of flowers

If you can get a 4-5 incj cutting or 2 you will find it takes really well.- Propagator or flower pot with a plastic bag over it works really well.

Just getting started and had several garden thefts

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 09:51


Could it be the guy you bought them from on ebay-the bargain- perhaps he is going to resell, again and again......

Help...marestail and other nasties...

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 09:20

Thanks for all the responses, keep them coming.

The Kurtails I used seemed to kill them but after several weeks when the tops had burnt off I dug up a few roots- like balck boot laces- thick and crisp to the snap- the inner was green.  and when i left ehm in the council garden wheelie bin saw they wer starting to sprout - so thought I better burn.

Alf dig up a few roots and check if they are dead or if they make a crisp snap and green inside.........nightmare tails whether mares or horse!

Mine are just startign to sprout now about 0.5 in to an inch apart een though this year they are competing with gras dandys, thistle, bombsite weeds etc.

Harrogate Show 23rd April

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 10:06

Thanks dove from above- has anyone out there created a bog garden and can give me suggestions or photos, or should I create a pond and have a bog garden round the edge. 

A pond would be a huge job, but I do actual love Monty Don's and couldn't believe how marvelous it looked in a matter of weeks.  Like Monty, mine too will flood by the river, but it didn't seem to spoil his pond going by GW March 2014.  The difference with his is, he will have had a lot of volunteers digging it out and layering the pondliner and completed it in days, I 'm sure it wasn't just Monty and Joe!  So unless I get some volunteers I will stick to a mini bog garden!

Harrogate Show 23rd April

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 10:43


I had a lovely day at the show and came away with some lovely plants and bulbs.  Ofcourse I didn't take a note of the full name of the bulbs so I could check on growing conditions, soil, frost, size, colur etc. and will they flower this year and indeed should I plant them now?

Anyone know the store holder's name, it was a stall selling loose bulbs- you bagged them yourself, it was outside on the avenue, they probably do all the shows.

The bulbs are Chimanthe x3 (corms) and a large spark plug looking bulb Jack in the Pulpit- Arisaema - unknown variety which is the main problem.

Would love to have the exact names and advise on growing them.  i have clay soil on a north facing slope, which has been improved- shady area of hosta, astilbes, dicentra, etc.

I also have a darmera peltata and gunnera manicata to plant out, with a dilema as to whether to clean up the weeds round the side of the shed which is wet/ boggy but not very big- 2ft- 3ft  wide, or to dig up a section of the lawn and create a bog garden with a pondliner or?  Or do I go the whole hog and plant by the river at the bottom of the garden, which never seems damp to me, currently it is full of weeds, -  a few docks, ground elder, grass and a beautiful huge willow tree, and does flood every year.

Look forward to your suggestions


Help...marestail and other nasties...

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 10:23

Hi David Olive- thanks for your message re the perfect product- I am interested please contact me with more details and references, I couldn't get the message system to type a message back - so posted my reply.  Sure others who do the the dreaded marestail or horsetail would be interested. 

Help...marestail and other nasties...

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 08:49


I have a perfect solution for the stump but need one for the marestail/horsetail....


I am still struggling with marestail after using hte Kurtail 2 years running- each year it grows back thick and fast.  I only have 3 shrubs in the bed and lots of over weeds.  Digging 2-3 foot down did not work either.  The bed is on a slope so is well drained.

Thinking now whether to try the vinager or to try manure and lime.  I am thinking that vinegar will just burn the tops off and come back next year as the kurtail did exactly that.  When I dug down and checked the roots they were green inside the bootlace exterior.

However, I do have  a perfect solution for sprouting tree stumps- it worked perfectly after trying all the paint on bramble, brushwood, treestump killers which  didn't work.

In my last house I had the stump of an old hawthorn hedge in a border, I couldn't dig it out so I used it as a feature and pruned off all sprouting branches, ofcourse pruning made more grow, used all the above strong paint on but to no avail.  My solution that worked first time was- I made several holes in the stump with a screwdriver, then carefully poured a little household thick domestos in the holes.

It worked perfectly- the stump was then a dead stump used as a feature, and all my growing palnts around it were unaffected.

Would love to hear from anyone who has sucessfully treated maretails and can see the results the following year.  My photo is the following year after using Kurtail- totally useless.  It is contained in a walled bed just next to the patio, and I would love to plant permanant plants.  Also tried the green manure- hungarian rye grass and growing the african daisy-but that didn't work. 

Did read that growing turnips got rid of it????? any allotmenteers advise me on this one?  What about lots of fresh manure or rotted manure?

I always wonder why I haven't seen it growing in cultivated farmers fields- is that because of the muckspreading?

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