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Horsetail weed

Hi all, I stared garden maintenance part time may last year due to reduancy in my full time job went full time this April not busy everyday but is starting to fill up. My question is a new customers wants me to get rid of the horsetail weeds in her stone and then lay turf down, has anybody any tips on how to get rid of it? Up to now I've just pulled it out, but custmoers wants it gone completely.

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  • PRO

    Marestail or horsetail can be killed off with a selective herbicide. There are several types/named products specifically for that weed plant, such as Kurtail from Pro Green and Pearl from Agrigem. You will need your PA1/6 of course to buy and apply it. Progreen have a useful guide too,

  • PRO

    Kurtail from progreen (or others) works well

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    I have used pearl horse/mares tail weed killer from agrigem with great sucess but I also use an adjuvant to help it penetrate the mares tail. But products such as these should only be applied if you are trained and qualified to do so.

  • i have used kurtail to good effect but it may need more than one treatment if it is heaveley infected 

  • PRO Supplier

    Very difficult and requires persistence to limit growth and stop it popping through - depends on a number of factoirs how long this takes as the rhizome/ root system is incredibly invasive and can spread metres underground every year.

    Probably best to call/ email us for a chat if you are new to this horrible weed - the worst in my book, by far.....
    Richard@Progreen (01778 394052)

  • ...if its going to come through where you are turfing does it 'matter'?  It wont grow quicker than grass I'd think.  Its only a problem in beds and when it punches through (alleged) weed proof membrane.

  • Thanks for the feed back, I decided to not take the job on, customer was persistent she wanted it gone straight away, I've had dealing with it in other customers gardens and just pull it out, fortnightly maintenance I found keeps on top of it, I am looking at booking the training for the winter that will allow me to use weedkiller next year would make the maintance easier. Thanks again.

    • PRO


      Marestail is a perennial weed so even if you manage to apparently kill it all one year, it comes back the next. Kurtail works well but I tell customers there is only one way to get rid completely.......move house!! 

  • PRO

    As others have said if you don't have a Pa1 and PA6 it is illegal for you to apply pesticides of any kind. It is a simple course although the questions in the test are very wide ranging but a couple of weeks study between the day courses and tests should let almost all pass if they are paying attention and study the course and trial spray with water before the tests. Very much a pay to play senario in my opinion. The fines and jail for not getting the ticket are not worth the few quid you would earn doing it un certified

  • PRO Supplier

    At Agrigem we are currently offering a great disount on Pearl - Horse/Mares Tail Control. 

    Just type in the discount code * Pearl25 at the checkout to recieve 25% off Pearl 

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