How do I kill poison ivy?


Have to spray it with chemicals every year. Is there something that will get rid of it permanently?

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  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on May 15, 2019

    Cut at root and spray the root.

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    • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on May 17, 2019

      I forgot to mention that even though the leaves look dead, you can still get a rash so protect yourself. Cutting the root will cause the leaves to look dead so don't be fooled. My dad had that happen. :(

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on May 15, 2019

    needs done a certain way to be rid off it....Use Round-Up--cut if off,wearing mask & gloves and long sleeved pants shirts remove tops put in garbage bags( thoroughly wash clothing shoes tools anything that you have used to remove the tops;get 2 gallon pump sprayer(not a back pack don't risk leaking solution on your back) buy concentrate Round-Up add food coloring to it(so you can see where you are spraying it) as soon as you see new leaves growing on stems spray them heavily with the Round-Up. It is absorbed into leaves them stems then kills root systems. Round-Up works best when plant is in vigorous growth after being cut off & new leaves are emerging.Keep checking for new growth and spray thru out growing season.Depending how big the area is it may take a few weeks to get it all. Put spray nozzle down onto leaves when spraying & do not spray in wind or breezy conditions;use gloves;do not walk or get in wet solution. Follow the safety instructions on container they are & have always been on the container for a reason.

  • Mogie Mogie on May 15, 2019

    My dad used round up. It took several applications but it is now dead. Just have to remove the shriveled up remains (sounds so gross).

  • Gk Gk on May 15, 2019

    Poison ivy sprouts up from a long vine that grows under the ground and the leaves sprout up from this vine. It will keep coming back until you kill what is called the "parent vine". Spraying once with a product like Round Up will kill what you can see but it's probably not enough--you have to keep watching for new leaves and respraying over the course of the summer and into fall. The following year you will have to pay attention to the areas you sprayed as it is still possible that it will come back. The under ground vines are very very long. If you know what they look like you can wear gloves and pull them out. Round Up specifically for poison ivy is what I have found works the best. It's not the regular Round Up--it's a separate stronger product. If you keep working at it you should be able to get it to stop growing in areas you don't want it.

  • No you can't get rid of it permanently. That's not how nature works. Spreads by wind, wildlife and people. All we can do is control it. I just did this with my girlfriend. We suit up, dig it out, Mark the bags for the trash service and drown the area in agricultural strength vinegar. Then hop in the shower and then wash our work clothes.

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    • It is, but she doesn't have much. We typically can knock it out within a half a days work. She lives in North Carolina and we do this every spring. Anything grows there, it is so clean, lush and green, which is a stark contrast to where I live which is hot, dusty and very very dry. If you decide to hire out, let them know up front so they can gear up appropriately. You might have to pay a bit extra, but will be worth it. You can always treat the area yourself with vinegar after a clean up crew digs it all out.