'Horse tails' are early Spring weeds, and if not taken care of promptly, can overtake your garden. Since they are native to wetlands and swamps, you can imagine how they love it here on the plateau.
The trick to convincing them to leave your garden is NOT to pull. Like Morning Glory, pulling them will stimulate root growth and you will have a losing battle on your hands. Keep an old pair of scissors in a ziplock bag where you have horse tails. When you are putting around your yard and see some these invaders, cut them off at soil level or a little bit below. Keep cutting! If you have a large infestation, a weed whacker will be faster. The first year of cutting back will significantly slow them down. By the end of the second year, they should be well under control if not gone.
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