Plant ID forum: Need help identifying weed growing in mulch

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nimueller22
Jun 13, 2016 11:45 AM CST
Hi all! I have been spending the last couple days weeding an existing mulch bed containing shrubs, and I keep running across this weed (or plant) growing throughout the mulch. I have never seen this weed anywhere on my property other than growing in the mulch. The plant almost appears fern-like, but I don't know. Just wondering what plant this is? I've been looking around online, but haven't had any luck. I am located in south-eastern Wisconsin.
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Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
Jun 13, 2016 12:01 PM CST
I would also be interested to know what they are. I have always thought they were seedlings from a pine tree, because they only show up in pine bark mulch.
Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Jun 13, 2016 12:02 PM CST
It looks like Mare's tail or Horsetail weed. It is an ancient plant. Nearly impossible to get rid of once you have it unless you are constantly on top of it. It has a mother root deep in the ground so topical weed killers don't help much. Also, it has spores. It loves moisture so your mulch is helping it out. It also likes poor soil.

I battled this for three years when I bought my current house. I removed all the mulch. I enriched the soil. I dug out what I could. TWICE a day then I would go around an pluck any new growth putting it in a plastic bag and in the trash. It also was in my lawn. All I could do there is pluck it. I don't see it now. But I keep a close eye for it.

Some people don't consider it a weed. It is my most hated plant after Chameleon plant.
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jvdubb
Jun 13, 2016 12:03 PM CST
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KentPfeiffer
Jun 13, 2016 2:01 PM CST

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Scouring Rush (Equisetum arvense) , or a similar species of Equisetum.
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kniphofia
Jun 14, 2016 10:08 AM CST
A very pernicious weed. If that's the only area you have it cover it with black plastic or similar for at least a year.

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