The horsetail or Equisetum hyemale is very difficult to remove from your garden. Once it grows well in the yard, it is a tough job for you to get rid of. Here we will provide techniques and how to grow horsetail and how to get rid of it if one day you don’t like it anymore and want it to disappear from your yard.
Professional builders know that horsetail is not a perishable plant. Its complex root system means it can live up to 350 years.
Also known as a ‘scouring rush’, horsetail is grown as an annual in USDA zones 3 to zone 11. Horsetails are fast growing and can grow up to 4 feet tall by 6 feet wide.
Horse tail or Equisetum arvense or Equisetum hyemale is planted by many people because this plant is considered to function as:
- Plants as landscape access to make it look modern
- Harmful plants that are difficult to get rid of
To eradicate this plant from its roots requires drastic and extraordinary measures. For that, if you want to lose a moment, why would you waste so much time planting it today. Here are a few reasons why horsetail looks great for a garden.
What Good Does Horsetail Do?
Horse tail plants have quite a lot of variants, there are even up to 25 species of horse tail plants. It is a perennial perennial plant. The form of growth is like grass and resembles the shape of a horse’s tail. While several other species exist in the form of ferns or fans.
When we glance at the horsetail, Equisetum hyemale and Equisetum arvense, these are great plants for landscaping. This reed has a bamboo-like stem with a height of about 4 feet. The stems are beautiful, jointed like bamboo and bright green.
The horsetail plant has reeds that are exotic and have a tropical feel. You can plant horsetail or Equisetum arvense and are easy to grow in your garden. It has a beautiful aesthetic appeal and is especially impressive if you plant it next to your house or outdoors.
When planted en masse, these green jointed stems make a striking statement. Especially when you plant it on the edge of the pond, it can also be used as a vegetative ground cover. Horsetails are not only limited to plants that decorate a pond or room, but are also great for planting as a plant that forms a mini fence at the entrance or beside the gate.
The fast growth and root propagation are so fast and wide spread, it seems that it needs restraint so that the horsetail plant does not spread everywhere. This can be done by planting horsetails in a place that is fenced off with concrete or in a large potting container. You can also make a special elongated wrought by digging into the ground and concreting it like a fence.
Planting a ponytail in the center of the mentioned container, can keep the root system from spreading everywhere and can maintain a modern look. This is wonderful.
How Do You Get Rid of Horsetail in My Garden?
Horsetails do well in even poor soils, gravel or sandy soil. There are also horsetail species that have to have a certain moisture in order to survive and others are very tolerant of dry soil.
The spread of horsetail is so aggressive that some people refer to it as a nuisance weed plant. For that, you must understand these plants, which ones you should have and which ones you should stay away from so that you don’t disturb your garden with their growth.
Here are some horsetail species that you should or can plant in your yard. Even though they are aggressive, they provide extraordinary beauty and aesthetic value.
1. Equisetum hyemale,
This is a ponytail plant with a pleasing aesthetic, although it is progressive but gives great beauty to your candscape.
2. Equisetum arvense,
This type of horsetail plant is bushy, which should be noted is that it looks bushy, and can grow to a height of 8 inches. Generally this is a field horse tail.
Horse tail plants are strongly discouraged for planting in fields or grazing areas. This is because these plants are poisonous to your livestock.
The ponytail is with a fibrous accent like bamboo. Reproduction is by underground rhizomes or by spores. So, there are two ways of reproduction or propagation of this plant, namely by spores and rhizomes. The circulation system is very fast growing and spreading and this is very annoying, even the roots can easily grow again even if you clean it well.
If you really want to get this plant out of your yard, be ready for a big war. To make your business easier, try one of the methods below.
1. Organic Method
This organic method is to cut these tiny bamboo plants back from the ground. Do your job in early spring, and do it on stems that have spores, just cut them using pruning shears. When finished, put everything in a plastic bag.
After cutting the ponytail, improve your soil to become more alkaline, drier, and richer. It may take you several seasons for this extermination. However if you are overwhelmed by organic methods. Don’t worry, there are other methods you can try.
2. Systemic Herbicide
This is certainly an inorganic way, you can eradicate horsetail or Equisetum arvense by using a systemic herbicide. Spray this plant using a herbicide containing triclopyr, this is an herbicide specially made for the treatment of this plant.
Use herbicides when there is no wind. This is important so that this herbicide is not blown away by the wind and does not damage other crops. Before using it, follow the directions on the package carefully.
If the horsetail (Equisetum) plant is dead, improve the soil. The trick is to change the soil using manure, compost, to increase fertility, drainage and soil texture. If you want, you can also improve the soil by planting grass in that place.
The most important thing for you to get rid of a horse’s tail is to remove all the stems that have spores. After that, fix the soil like the top method.
How to Care for a Horsetail Plant (Equisetum hyemale)
The care of the ponytail that you have planted is very important. The important thing in horse tail care is to keep it from growing. This can be done annually by thinning the stems or doing light pruning. It can also control the spread of plants.
If you want to grow horsetail in the yard, put this plant with all its roots in plastic or in a pot and plant it in the soil. Bury the pot, this will slow down the spread of the roots so they don’t spread everywhere quickly.
Horsetail plant is not a fussy plant, fertilization is not needed at all. It doesn’t even need fertile soil for fertile growth. To increase plant growth during growth or life struggles, you can use slow-release plant food.
Horsetails do well in areas with high humidity and lots of sun. How about winter? Planting horsetails, you don’t have to worry about the winter, horsetails can still grow well even in winter with dry air and make sure there is a little light. The difference is that the green stems fade and will return to normal when the weather returns to normal.
To get the maximum growth of horsetail, you need to do the following:
- Plant a horsetail plant in partial or full sun,
- The soil is slightly acidic and not rich,
- To maintain moisture, water the soil as often as possible, do not let the soil dry out.
- If you are planting more than one stem, leave space between them by 12 inches or more.
Horse tail plants can also grow in water to a depth of 4 inches, this is suitable for planting in a rain garden or on the edge of your fish pond.
Horsetails are the best choice of plants to add beauty along your fence.