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Old 04-23-2007, 07:51 PM   #1
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Horsetail ferns!!??

Any one know how to kill them and make them stay DEAD??

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Old 04-23-2007, 08:09 PM   #2
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You could send some roots to me...I'd love to have them. Spray Round-up on the rest. Be sure to cut the runners with your shovel first, if you want to keep any, as Round-up is a systemic herbicide that works it's way down from the leaves to the roots. It does not poison the soil, so don't worry about residual effects.
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Old 04-23-2007, 08:23 PM   #3
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I'll try that Constance but, everything I've read says they'll just come back next year even if I drown them with Roundup....


If you'd really like some roots I'd be glad to send you some.
Though... I'm not sure how to get them to you alive and well.

Just let me know.
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Old 04-23-2007, 08:47 PM   #4
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If they are really stubborn, like they sound, kill the plants, remove as many roots as possible, use a weed killer, then till the ground. It sounds good in theory, but I am just guessin' here, pdswife.
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Old 04-23-2007, 09:18 PM   #5
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Thanks Tat. They are very very stubborn!!!!
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Eeek. I just did a search, and those buggers sound bad. Chemicals don't work, and weeding seems to encourage them.

You might try landscape fabric. Another suggestion was to improve the drainage--they like moisture--but if you are in Western Washington, there is a limit to how much you can do to dry out the soil. (I lived up on the Olympic Peninsula--damp doesn't begin to describe the climate.)

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Old 04-24-2007, 12:54 PM   #7
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yep! WET WET WET! The slope they are growing on NEVER dries out even in the middle of summer.

Thanks for the link. I look around some but I
don't think I saw this one.

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