Control of Horsetail (Equisetum ssp.)
Often confused with Mares-tail
- Japanese knotweed
- Japanese knotweed, Herbicidal Treatment Options
- Mechanical Eradication of Japanese knotweed
- Japanese knotweed, Enviroscreen 2020
- Site clearance & tree works
- other non-native species
Case Studies | Pdf's
- Eradication of Japanese knotweed Frank Whittle Partnership on behalf of FC United of Manchester
- Offsite Disposal of Japanese knotweed Resource and Environmental Consultants
- Enviroscreen 20-20 Keepmoat Homes Yorkshire
- Eradication of Horsetail Keepmoat Homes Midlands
- Tree removal and scrub clearance within Japanese knotweed Areas Taylor Wimpey Ltd
- Herbicidal treatment
- Onsite burial
- Reduced Excavation & Disposal
The Horsetail species are often confused with Mares-tail. Although similar in appearance there is no direct relationship between the two. Horsetail is considerably more widespread and capable of thriving in numerous conditions as well as growing through porous surfaces such as tarmac.
The Horsetail family of plants has the ability to propagate and regenerate from either sections of the rhizome (underground stem) or via the production and dispersal of spores, usually borne in mid spring. The spores produced by Equisetum tend to only remain dormant for a few days, with visible germination occurring in approximately seven days. This would imply that the majority of infestations that are found within areas of hard landscape are probably caused through the spread of rhizome sections during ground works/construction works. Damaging and spreading the rhizome leads to a profusion of new plants, in a similar manner to Japanese Knotweed.
Often, the only solution to control the weed is to take a top surface scrape of up to 1metre and either bury at depth or dispose of offsite.
On completion of the aforementioned works eradication cannot be guaranteed because, although the main body of the rhizome system usually lies in the top 400mm, fibrous filaments difficult to see by the human eye can extend from the plant to 3 metres deep. Therefore further herbicidal treatment or the installation of membrane may be required.