Ridding My Gardens of Horsetail

Asked February 18, 2020, 5:14 PM EST

How do I rid my flower gardens of horsetail? The plant has literally taken over just about all of my gardens. Pulling them doesn't work since I can't get all the rhizomes out of the soil. I don't really want to use a chemical herbicide to get rid of them. Do you have some suggestions. I suppose I could simply gather them, cook them and eat them, but I'd just a soon get rid of them.

Yamhill County Oregon

1 Response

Thank you for your question. This plant has persisted for thousands+ of years, so don’t assume you can control or eliminate it. But here is an Extension article with suggstions: http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download;jsessionid=49C3A2B1324BFDD3935D25F967EB4B1A?doi= Good luck!