Is the horsetail plant a pest? Well, yes. The Equisetum ravens is a very weed plant for both the vineyard and in the olive grove because it is perennial, very invasive and difficult to control.
These herbs are among the oldest organisms on earth: they were plants spread 350 million years ago. During the adverse seasons, there were no air organs and the buds are found in underground organs called rhizomes.
The normal and usual methods weed control service use to fight and oppose weeds do not adapt well to these herbs that, indeed, tend to replace the spontaneous flora present, creating a uniform mat both on the ground.The only practical solution is chemical weeding, as mechanical processing is never decisive, often useful only for a few weeks.
Chemical weeding: Different experiences to look for the best system to fight these weeds have been carried out by the Agricultural Institutes from around the globe both with recent active ingredients and mixtures.
Tested herbicides are:
Glyphosate: well-known systemic herbicide, has a very marked drying effect. Also used on shrub species. The rapid action of the herbicide is favoured by high temperatures, high air humidity and intense solar illumination.
Aminothiazole: this is not a residual herbicide but it has a multi-site and systemic activity.
Flazasulfuron: is a molecule of the class of sulphonylureas that has leaf and residual activity. It is used in the early post-emergence treatments of pests when they have a maximum height of up to 10 cm.
MCPA: also used in industrial weeding and for uncultivated areas due to its hormonal-sodium action and its broad spectrum of action. It persists in the soil for 2-3 weeks. It is an active principle that acts promptly and that does not undergo the action of leaching rains and dews
Glufosinate ammonium: contact herbicide, non-selective and partially systemic. It acts by leaf contact and absorption located on the green parts of the plants present at the time of the intervention; it does not exert any residual action.
Another active ingredient that has been shown to be effective in equipping the horsetail, although only for a few months,was glyphosate, in autumn treatment, especially if accompanied by heptamethyltrisiloxane, polyalkylene oxide, a surfactant that significantly reduces the surface tension of the solution from spraying, thus ensuring an abundant coverage even on the foliage of plants particularly difficult to wet.
Is the Horsetail plant a pest also as a nutrient?
Of course not. Its healing uses date back to the Greek-Roman times when it was already used to treat kidney problems and moreover, the horsetail plant is a great ally for your bones! Its diuretic action is recognized in modern medicine also for urinary tract infections: the herb promotes the excretion of urine. Its main property is its high content of silica, an indispensable element for the synthesis of collagen fibres present in cartilage.
In fact, the lack of silicon in the body causes a reduction in the collagen that holds together the molecules of our cartilage. A low rate of silicon causes bone demineralization and consequently osteoporosis, so horsetail can be a valuable aid for bone health, nails and hair. So using an expert weed control service is key in making good use of this.