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Old 17-08-2007, 11:37 PM posted to uk.rec.gardening
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My friend no longer has the energy to dig up the roots of Mare's Tail
and he is wondering if there is a chemical which will effectively
eradicate the menace.

Regards,
Emrys Davies.


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Old 18-08-2007, 08:26 AM posted to uk.rec.gardening
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I seem to remember someone on this forum saying it can be eradicated using
glyphosate provided the stems are "roughed up" a bit first so it can absorb
the weedkiller. Precisely how to rough up the plants I don't know.

David.


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My friend no longer has the energy to dig up the roots of Mare's Tail
and he is wondering if there is a chemical which will effectively
eradicate the menace.

Regards,
Emrys Davies.




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Old 18-08-2007, 08:30 AM posted to uk.rec.gardening
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On 17 Aug, 23:37, "Emrys Davies" wrote:
My friend no longer has the energy to dig up the roots of Mare's Tail
and he is wondering if there is a chemical which will effectively
eradicate the menace.


It is very difficult.
People have frequently suggested bruising the plant, and then applying
glyphophate weedkiller. It will take loads of applications to do it.

On GQT they have suggested using a glove dipped in the filthy stuff
and running it over the plant. You do need, of course, a rubber glove
inside it because you DONT want it on the skin. Not sure about that.

The structure of the plant is very difficult to permeate, hence the
extreme suggestions.

I smothered mine out with old carpet over several years.

get a goat /and stop it eating anything else/ - mark you, that is
harder work than digging.

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Old 18-08-2007, 10:23 AM posted to uk.rec.gardening
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My friend no longer has the energy to dig up the roots of Mare's Tail
and he is wondering if there is a chemical which will effectively
eradicate the menace.

Regards,
Emrys Davies.

Glysophate on bruised mares tails.

Bruise? Wear an old pair of woolen gloves over large rubber cloves (not the
latex type), apply glysophate to the woolen gloves and bruise the weed by
hand.

Geoff


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Old 18-08-2007, 01:22 PM posted to uk.rec.gardening
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On Aug 18, 8:26 am, "David \(Normandy\)"
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I seem to remember someone on this forum saying it can be eradicated using
glyphosate provided the stems are "roughed up" a bit first so it can absorb
the weedkiller. Precisely how to rough up the plants I don't know.

David.

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My friend no longer has the energy to dig up the roots of Mare's Tail
and he is wondering if there is a chemical which will effectively
eradicate the menace.


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That was me I think Robert. It is a total waste of time trying to dig
it up, I tried that for years. This method works:

Put boots on, walk over the mares tail bruising it. Spray with
glyphosate or if it is in beds that can't be sprayed, put on plastic
gloves, then over the top of those a pair of cotton gloves and pour
the liquid into your hands, rub on affected parts. Even though you
are doubly gloved, wash hands thoroughly afterwards.

Judith

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Old 18-08-2007, 01:51 PM posted to uk.rec.gardening
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That was me I think Robert. It is a total waste of time trying to dig
it up, I tried that for years. This method works:


If it works why do you keep doing it?!

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Old 18-08-2007, 02:25 PM posted to uk.rec.gardening
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On 18 Aug, 13:57, Sacha wrote:
She hasn't said that she does. She said she tried digging it out for years
and *that* didn't work. Then she gave her method of ridding the garden of
this weed but did not say she had to keep doing so.


Thanks. When did she last do it and for how long? It's interesting to
find out if it works for a season or more.

I've recently found out that why we are so plagued by it this year it
is because it thrives in wet conditions and this promotes the release
of spores. It also is more present in very poor soil so feeding the
soil with organic manure will help and so will mulching. Also digging
it is what most of us do, doing it in very dry conditions will help
get rid of it.

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Old 19-08-2007, 09:36 AM posted to uk.rec.gardening
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"Emrys Davies" wrote in message
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My friend no longer has the energy to dig up the roots of Mare's Tail
and he is wondering if there is a chemical which will effectively
eradicate the menace.

Regards,
Emrys Davies.


Hi Emrys,
Do you mean horse tail or mares tail ?
There is difference...........
http://www.sherriff-amenity.com/technical.asp?newsid=3
Jenny


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Old 19-08-2007, 10:09 AM posted to uk.rec.gardening
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On 19/8/07 09:55, in article , "shazzbat"
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snip

I think it's ground elder that you can eat. As for the mare's/horse tail,
yes, we've got it on the allotment, but not at home only 2 miles away. I'm
sure it will show up at some point. Or something will. One day we'll bring a
seed or spore home on our boots.

Or the birds will do it for you. ;-(

--
Sacha
http://www.hillhousenursery.co.uk
South Devon
(remove weeds from address)
'We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our
children.'


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Old 19-08-2007, 10:19 AM posted to uk.rec.gardening
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On 18 Aug, 23:48, "shazzbat"
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Since it's apparently been around since the dinosaurs were top species, I
would suggest that eradicating it is at best an aspiration.


Morning Steve! As Jenny's link from Graham Paul (chemical specialist)
says ... " I now take the philosophical view that if evolution can't
change the Horsetail in 30 million years, I must learn to live with
it". My thoughts entirely. On visiting the lotty yesterday, I've found
a profusion of them in an area. I kept a circle of it and weeded
around it. Looked so lovely that a neighbour asked me what it was not
realising what he was seeing ;o)

 




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