...let it be!
Yikes! I found this in my flower bed yesterday afternoon. You can't see in the photo -- but it is a viney type plant and there are two more of the 3 leaf stems. I was keeping my eyes open because my next door neighbor had a nasty run in with poison ivy in his own yard. I kept asking Rick what it looked like and he really wasn't sure -- just that it has 3 leaves.
When I saw it, I stopped my weeding and ran into the house to get a tissue and a plastic bag. I already had gloves on, so I took the tissue and pulled out the entire small plant -- root and all. Then I dropped it on the ground so I could open the plastic bag as wide as possible. I then took my snipping shears and gently picked up the plant at the area surrounded by the tissue -- put it in the bag -- and zip locked it shut. So that is what you are seeing in the photo.
Rick is going to find some spray -- I read that Roundup works -- so I can defend myself next time this monster pops up unexpectedly in my garden.
Here is a good website with information on poison ivy: Poison Ivy Tutorial and Poison Ivy Identification
According to both of these sites, the best way to prevent a poison ivy rash is to be aware of what the poison ivy plant looks like. Reading the information at these sites is well worth the time.