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Horsetails 😱

I have a client who has recently moved to a new house and unfortunately under the privet hedge and a large Laurel, horsetails are popping up all over the place. Any suggestions on the best way to manage these would be much appreciated. I've told them it's not a quick fix but I hoping it can at least be controlled.

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  • PRO

    I bought some Kurtail from Progreen and sprayed some 2 weeks ago, they are now wilting quite nicely.  I was asked to kill off the enite area, so I didn't have to be too careful about other plants when spraying.  They are going to sow wildflower seeds there.  If yours are mixed in with plants you need to keep then you may need to weed wipe them individually!

    • Thanks for your reply. Really useful. I think the weed wiping might be necessary in some areas. Good to hear the ones you've sprayed are wilting. I'll take a look at kurtail. 

  • i have used kurtail with good efect its not cheep but goes a long way it might take up to 3 years to get rid of it all good look 

  • PRO Supplier

    Keep at it - its not a quick fix as you say but very successful. We've a long history and technical knowledge on Horsetail/ Marestail so please call us if you have any questions


  • I have used Diamond Horsetail Weedkiller to good effect after taking over an infested allotment. The plant 'leaves' have a silica coating that normally resists glyphosphate but the specialist chemicals added in can 'attach' to this silica and get into root system. Also recommend abrading the surface with eg an old rake for same reason. I've managed tabout 90% reduction. Spore heads are still popping up this spring .but they look sickly. I don't think spot treating is likely to work unless its a very small problem. 

    • PRO Supplier

      Hi Russell,

      We have recently launched Amvista Spore Stop specifically to help with the spore heads you are seeing. If these spores are left to spread they can recolonise areas treated with herbicides and undo your hard work. Spore Stop seals the spore releasing structure preventing their release and stopping their spread. Once the sterile green growth then emerges this is best treated with Kurtail Evo where the situation is appropriate. This combination breaks the reproductive cycle and works to exhaust the root system. If you're interested please get in touch, our technical advisers will be more than happy to discuss this with you.  

      • Thanks, that's clever. I was thinking I'd have to put up with the spores and then re-treat the later growth. I'll be in touch.! 

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