Posted: 17/09/2014 at 15:12
we moved last year and our garden was full of this dreaded weed. as someone above states the only thing that will damage it is kurtail. but you must not spray it near any plants you wish to keep .
unfortunatly this weed is clever, and although you kill it in one space its root system is so deep (up to 8 ft down) that other branches pop up elsewhere
. apparently it does not like good soil and thrives on bad soil ect. before we found kurtail we dug right down tried to remove the roots, we used other weed killers with no joy .
we were going to put a patio down over a section of garden but the weed can easily push through that . so our only option was to relawn and we keep pulling up any odd ones we see , we seemed to be doing ok but our neighbour who adjoins us , doent do anything to his and it is still popping through
. from what i have researched we will have this pest for ever , apparently when one of the big volcanos , erupted Horsetail /meresweed whatever you call it ,was the first plant to regrow on site , and it was here on earth in the prehistoric times . so as you can see it is a bit of a problem but can be contained with a lot of effort.
a chap in the garden center told me it is many times worse than the dreaded japanese knotweed. but just keep on top of it you can live with it.its just a nuisance. good luck