Posted: 21/04/2014 at 21:26
Sorry, Autumn, but in the midlands area of England, Equisetum arvense is often called marestail. The RHS acknowledges this on its website. I think that shows the importance of using latin binomial system, then we all know what we are talking about.
There is no way I would add it to a compost heap, as the tiniest bit will regrow.
My mother has been battling it for over 55 years. It comes through tarmac, and it doesn't matter how much its pulled it still comes back. She has free draining neutral sandy soil. The only cure we have found is stamping on it and then spraying with glyphosate.