Horseweed, also called mare's tail or horsetail, is among the most undesirable weed to gardeners.
It's a natural weed which is widespread and quite hard to control.
Horseweed mostly multiplies through its rhizomes which creep underground; the rhizomes can go down to a depth of about two meters.
Whether you have a horseweed problem in your backyard, garden or front yard (get more infomation), here are some ways you can address it:
How to get rid of horseweed using cultural control methods
The rhizomes can be dug out of the top layers of soil, but re-growth is to be expected. Superficial weeding should be avoided because it usually leads to the problem getting worse.
Through removing new shoots regularly and immediately after they appear above the surface of the soil, the horseweed plants will grow weaker. The plant's infestation can be greatly reduced over a number of seasons using this method.
How to control horseweed growth using chemical control methods
Horseweed is known to resist the effects of nearly all herbicides, especially those that don’t kill other plants that grow nearby. The weed has an outer cuticle that protects it from external elements.
To achieve success in horseweed control, consider the use of a herbicide that contains systemic glyphosate such as Roundup when the plant is proliferating during late summer.
Consider running a scrape up across the patch of the plants to be sprayed or stamp on the weed, in order to break the shielding cuticle before application of the herbicide.
Every new growth after the initial application should be treated on time. Additional treatments soon after or at the start of the next season may well be required.
It is advisable to spray with Roundup during the early stages of growth continually. Each time the plants grow about three to four inches tall, apply the herbicide again.
Horseweed cannot put up with cultivation - try disrupting, ripping, chopping, tearing, elimination and destruction of the weed if the herbicide method doesn't work for you.
This can be an effective option, but it is difficult to work with.
By no means should you allow any horseweed seeds to reach maturity. Pluck them and destroy any seed head on the plant.
Even though they don't need seeds to multiply, horseweed will be much more easy to control from landscaped gardens if quantities of both seeds and rhizomes do not infiltrate the soil. Horseweed seeds covered below the soil surface can remain inactive and viable for a long time waiting to be uncovered to the soil surface.
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