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Has anyone out there had the problem with mares tail,tried Roundup and other weed killers

but to no avail.I think it's coming under my fence from a small substation next door which

is only sprayed once a year.The problem seems to be getting worse,it;s shooting up under shrubs

and plants and even coming up in the greenhouse,it's driving me balmy.

Any suggestions would help,and i am sure that PW readers and contributors being an intelligent group

of people will come up with a concrete?!! solution.

 

 

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7 minutes ago, TIGHTCHOKE said:

Dig it out, get every bit out or it will just keep going!

Good luck.

The problem is it's under shrubs and coming through gravel and the membrane,is this just a North Norfolk

weed?

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9 minutes ago, TIGHTCHOKE said:

Dig it out, get every bit out or it will just keep going!

Good luck.

Dig deep

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I have it my new garden. Where i can get at it i dig it out as deep as i can get. Where i can't dig, i dont let it see daylight by pulling the stalks off at ground level.

Hopefully this will eventually weaken and kill it, but I'm  expecting that to take several years. This stuff survived the dinosaurs... weedkiller makes it laugh.

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I will send Blaster Bates over just as soon as he has finished on my patch. 🤣

A friend has it growing (AGAIN) in his flagged driveway and I have sprayed it with Rosate 360 (kills most  things) every year for him several years and it always comes back. It must be rife under the flags.

Good luck!

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Have had results in a paddock using depitox it's a broad leaf herbicide. It must contain a particular element it doesn't like. 

Dont take this as gospel it's just checked and diminished patches in the paddock. 

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2 hours ago, Oldgun said:

The problem is it's under shrubs and coming through gravel and the membrane,is this just a North Norfolk

weed?

We get bits of it along the edge of the drive and some in the garden, it gets pulled or mowed but thankfully doesn't seem to spread. 

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Digging it up will not work as its deep rooted and you won't get every root and it will regrow from the smallest but of root left and make the matter worse. I spray with Diamond which kills it in around 7-10 days. Glyphosate won't work.

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 My allotment was covered in this when i first got it years ago. Another plot holder told me the only way to get shot was to dig it out as far as you can then burn the roots.  A lot of hard work but it done the trick.

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It drove me off my allotment (along with bumptious committee members).

Try Kurtail, its expensive but does work.

 

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3 hours ago, 7daysinaweek said:

It must be rife under the flags

I lifted one of my slabs and the roots underneath it looked just like a spiders web...

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My dads patio had it and it took a while to get shut of it.

Tread on it then use a strong mix of Roundup.

Do the same 2 weeks later.You have to damage the waxy outside layer to enable the R.U to penetrate. 

The following season only a bit came up and the same treatment nobbled it.

 

Edited by Robertt

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1 minute ago, MirokuMK70 said:

I lifted one of my slabs and the roots underneath it looked just like a spiders web...

Arrgghhhh! that's frightening.

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Tried to get rid years ago     neat round up on a paint brush  did not work

was told to put salt on in   Petrol on a brush kills most things  Careful

I was also told to put salt on a pigeons tail to catch it

Hope something works

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3 hours ago, Ratlegs said:

Tried to get rid years ago     neat round up on a paint brush  did not work

was told to put salt on in   Petrol on a brush kills most things  Careful

I was also told to put salt on a pigeons tail to catch it

Hope something works

Surely if you could get near enough to put salt on a pigeon's tail you'd already have caught it? 😯

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I just keep useing rosate 360 whenever I see it pokeing out of the gravel .

But I accidentally spilt some compost accelerator over about 40 square yards last year . Seems to quite clear so far !

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I had it bad on my allotment and an old boy said just keep digging it and put vinegar around where it grows. This worked for me, seems vinegar alters the ph of the soil and mares tail does not like it

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Snip some of the top off and spray, I think the weed killer has easier access to the plant then. Worked for me. Used to have a lot of the stuff but only the odd one or 2 now. 

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On 29/04/2020 at 09:11, cuffy said:

I just keep useing rosate 360 whenever I see it pokeing out of the gravel .

But I accidentally spilt some compost accelerator over about 40 square yards last year . Seems to quite clear so far !

Ammonium sulfamate . 

no regrowth this year - yet .

it's just started sprouting in other areas , now sprayed with tfr .

On 29/04/2020 at 09:11, cuffy said:

 

 

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Glyphosate won’t kill it.   We use a product called grazon pro.    It’s a lawn herbicide a couple of doses will kill it.  But it’s expensive

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