Help with horsetail all over my home garden

Asked April 8, 2020, 2:27 AM EDT

Hi there, This past fall I hired a landscaper to remove the grass from my front and backyard to create a pollinator habitat as well as raised beds and herb gardens. In the past month, horsetail has popped up in the front, side, and back of the house, popping up through the raised beds and under the mulch path. The landscaper doesn't seem to be taking my concern seriously and I need help with it. I want to get rid of all of the horsetail, though I know it will be a big project and will take many tries. Over the past several days I have pulled out as much as I could find, but many of them broke and I'm concerned I might be making the problem worse. I am seeking an expert who can help me to do this - not just tell me what to do, but actually carry out the work and provide the materials. I appreciate the referrals! Thank you! Melissa

Multnomah County Oregon

1 Response

Equisetum (Horsetail) is never easy to offer advice about. It is tough! I tell myself to admire it while pulling it regularly in an attempt to control the spread. The goal is to find a barrier to block the plant growing into your raised beds, while allowing water to move out of the soil. Here is a publication about the plant and offering some control options. http://hortsense.cahnrs.wsu.edu/Search/MainMenuWithFactSheet.aspx?CategoryId=6&ProblemId=2024 .

https://wric.ucdavis.edu/information/natural%20areas/wr_E/Equisetum.pdf