Horsetail Control

The little-known weed that is killing gardens across Manchester and the UK

Marestail, otherwise known as horsetail, can wreak havoc on gardens.

If you Google “Japanese knotweed” then you will find nearly 5 million results. If you Google “Marestail” you will be presented with less than 10% of that number. But just because it is less well known does not make it less damaging.

On the contrary, it is both more disruptive and more common. On top of it, as a deep-rooted weed it can potentially surface anywhere. It goes far beyond a nuisance or an eyesore should it emerge in a driveway, a construction site or within a structure.

As specialists in marestail and horsetail control around the Manchester area, we are uniquely positioned to help reclaim your garden from this destructive weed. Please get in touch to arrange a free assessment and no-obligation marestail removal quote.

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But what is marestail/horsetail?

Marestail, equisetum, is everywhere.

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It spends most of its time underground, lying dormant until spring arrives or the soil above is disturbed. Get in touch today for more information about our services.

If grows dramatically both above ground and below ground – It can grow up to 5 feet tall above ground and between 7 to 10 feet long underground (Often well before it appears on the surface).

Faced with evolutionary pressure to compete, each plant releases billions of spores. What starts off as a localised issue can spiral out of control very quickly. Get in touch today for more information.


Marestail growth is not restricted to the vertical plane. Once it has been disturbed and entered its growth phase it has no problem freely growing outwards, which normally means into adjoining gardens or properties.

This can be poisonous to pets if ingested. Don't risk your pets health with Marestail and act before it's too late. Get in touch today for more information about our services or to ask any questions that you may have. Our team are happy to help.

Over the years we have seen and heard of it growing through concrete foundations, tarmac pathways, artificial lawns and even paving. Get in touch today for more information about our services. Our team are here and happy to help.




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What are the effects of marestail?

Marestail means trouble for both your garden and your wider property.

  • As its able to take root practically anywhere, it can cause structural damage to garden fences and brick structures alike.
  • Its voracious appetite for nutrients reduces soil fertility.
  • Being especially hardy and fast-growing, marestail has no problem with outcompeting native species for water, nutrients and sunlight.
  • This, in turn, damages the overall health of surrounding plant life and makes them more susceptible to diseases and pests.

Do not let this persistent weed take over your garden or damage your property. Contact us at 07300 236794, or book a free no-obligation quote.

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Frequently Asked Questions about marestail

Is horsetail the same as marestail?

Yes. Marestail goes by many names depending on region, such as horsetail, mare’s tail, snake grass and puzzleweed.

Why is marestail so hard to destroy?

Marestail is a tough plant on account of its deep roots. Typical weed-killing methods like mowing or pulling will always leave some roots behind, which are then free to grow new shoots.

Is it even possible destroy marestail?

It is, but it is far from a quick process. Marestail removal is a time-consuming and labour-intensive process - The surface-level plant needs to be clipped or mowed, the roots and shoots need to be pulled out and the surrounding area mulched repeatedly in the mid- to long-term, depending on the severity of the infestation. Specialist herbicides like the ones we use can speed up the process, but generally speaking destroying marestail is hard work.

Are there any household treatments?

People claim that household treatments ranging from WD40 to vinegar to salt can kill off marestail for good, these are only half-measures. No matter how effective they might be at destroying the surface-level plant, the roots will persist and continue to grow new shoots until they are properly taken care of.

Why is marestail resistant to herbicides?

Marestail has historically been repeatedly treated with standard off-the-shelf herbicides. This evolutionary pressure, however, has encouraged it to adapt accordingly. Not only is it now resistant to most herbicides, it may have even increased its spore count in response.

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