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Gareth Austin Gareth Austin | 09:18 UK time, Monday, 20 September 2010

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Sheila Docherty from Dundee asks: I put Mare's Tail into my compost before I knew any better. Should I bin the lot or take my chances? Mare's tail is a huge problem here so I don't want to make it worse!

Answer: Sheila, big question - was it just the foliage or the roots too. If the roots were put in, same as many perennial weeds, you're unlikely to get a high enough temperature within the bin to neutralise these weeds so best just binning the lot and being more careful the next time. If, however, it was just the foliage as with the foliage of the docks these can be safely composted down in your back garden bin.

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