How to control Horsetail / Mare's Tail
Horsetail can be a problem for landscapers, gardeners, amenity managers, paddock owners and more. Once it has taken hold it is difficult to remove and will spread widely.
- Common names: Horsetail, mare’s tail
- Scientific name: Equisetum arvense
- Timing: Seen in spring/ summer. Control when approx. 15cm tall, two applications per season when regrowth seen
How to kill mare’s tail/horsetail
Repeated cutting is generally ineffective on its own in killing horse tail as it has a deep and spreading root system. Cultural control methods like digging can often make the problem worse because each broken root fragment can develop into a new plant by itself - multiplying the problem. Use of herbicides such as the total weed killer Kurtail Evo or the selective SBK Brushwood are more effective if used correctly.
How often do I need to treat horsetail/ mare’s tail?
Horsetail is a very persistent plant. As a result of this it may take several applications potentially over a number of years to completely eradicate the problem.
What do I do with horsetail/ mare’s tail when it has been killed?
Once the mare’s tail has been killed, it can either be raked or cleared away. You should not put any remains of mare’s tail in a compost bin. The best way to completely get rid of the dead plant is to burn it.
If you would like to view more information on how to kill horsetail, check out our blog: How to kill horsetail/ marestail
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