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?