Posted: 30/07/2013 at 20:40
We've just had a new raised bed built in our back garden. It's great, but it appears the additional topsoil has some horsetail in it... a few sprouts of horsetail have started to appear each day.
I know this weed can be an absolute pain to get rid of once established. So I was wondering if anyone has some good ideas on what we can do early on to nip this in the bud, so to speak?
I've had conflicting advice about pulling it up every time it appears (which is practical to do, given it's only a few shoots): some say the horsetail will eventually give up if you get there early enough to prevent photosynthesis; others say this just breaks the roots and gives you two shoots next time!
Another thought was to apply weedkiller to each individual stalk, being careful with to avoid the other plants in the bed. Again, this could be done, as it's only a few stalks each day (so far!)
Any advice gratefully received!