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Can anybody identify this weed/fungus

Can anybody identify this weed/fungus? They're all over my lawn. I don't know what they are or how to get rid of them.


  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    Sorry, can't see any grass just stones. Can you post a better photo of what you are referring to.

  • Sorry these photos might be better. They start of as green but then have a brownie colour when they grow larger. I'm thinking they're some kind of fungus but can't find anything on the internet
  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    Much better i some of it looks like mares tail aka horse tail.
    Would have to check but I think the male comes up brown and this one carries the spores/seeds.

  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    Look at and search for horsetail sorry but it's not good news.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,936
    Equisetum arvense ... info and advice here

    Those brown odd looking things are the fruiting bodies so get them bagged and binned before they spread their spores everywhere. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • WilderbeastWilderbeast Posts: 1,415
    It's horsetail, it's just about the most pernicious weed you can get. Roots go down to about 2mt and it's extremely persistent, very difficult to deal with in beds as weedkillers that work aren't selective. We spoke to staff on a RHS help stand at tatton park and they simply offered there commiserations and wished us luck. Not that I want to be too gloomy, we pull the heads of as soon as they appear and try to weed it out.
  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 Posts: 5,150
    I agree with K67, its horsetail, the fruiting bodies that release the spores for another generation.
    A really bad spread of it by the looks of things. There's no easy fix to the problem as the roots go deep and it shrugs off weedkillers, it's pretty much bombproof.

    I'd be doing my best to pick off all the growth you can see to reduce the spread of spores.
  • Thanks to all for your feedback. Looks like I've a bigger problem than I originally thought. Ugly looking things aswell. Wish we luck trying to get rid of these things! 😊
  • Butterfly66Butterfly66 Posts: 933
    It’s not a huge problem in a lawn as you can just keep mowing them off which will eventually weaken them
     If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”—Marcus Tullius Cicero
    East facing, top of a hill clay-loam, cultivated for centuries (7 years by me). Birmingham
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