Asked on May 13, 2017

How do you get rid of horse tail weed?

Daw9900050Hillela G.


The weed has very long roots. It can go under sidewalks and I not been able to get rid of it.
2 answers
  • Hillela G.
    on May 14, 2017

    There is no specific horsetail weed killer and many chemical options are just not very effective. In small areas, it may be possible to dig the plant up by the roots. It is imperative that all roots are removed, or the weed will reappear. Another option for control involves smothering the plant with a large sheet of plastic. Leave the plastic on for at least one garden season. The weeds under the plastic should die. The best method to keep this weed from taking over your garden is to practice prevention. Improve areas in your landscape that don’t drain well and keep tilling around horsetail to a minimal, as this will only spread the spores.

    Read more at Gardening Know How: Horsetail Plants: How To Get Rid Of Horsetail Weeds
    • Nancy
      on May 18, 2017

      I think I put my comment in the wrong box. What I said was Thank-you for your help. Most of the time it feels like a hopeless effort. I will keep trying. Thank-you again
  • Daw9900050
    on May 14, 2017

    Pull up as much as you can then put boiling -bubbling boiling hot water on the root area. No chemicals. You could also add salt to the water but if you do nothing will grow in that spot not even grass.
    • Daw9900050
      on May 18, 2017

      Yes, will work on clay. Also you can get 20% acidity vinegar and put on it. You can get it at nursery - garden center or online. Household vinegar is only 5% make sure you wear gloves . Good luck
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