Asked on Mar 25, 2015

Poison Ivy & Oak

Linny McCauley
by Linny McCauley
Poison Ivy and Oak have taken over my yard! I have a heavily wooden area that leads to a river....very beautiful, yet impossible to enjoy! The ivy is on the ground and climbing up the trees. Any suggestions, again....for a LARGE AREA! Spring is here, and I would like to get a "jump" on this problem as soon as possible! My thanks to all!
  6 answers
  • Gail Salminen Gail Salminen on Mar 25, 2015
    @Linny McCauley at the risk of others jumping on my suggestion I will post anyway. Poison ivy is very difficult to deal with - spring is an excellent time to deal with the problem. Here is the controversy - if you know where it is you can spray with round up or wipe out. Not everyone agrees with this method but you are dealing with a noxious weed that can do physical harm. Be sure to wear shoes, socks, long pants and sleeves and gloves so you don't come in contact with the plant. You may have to repeat a couple of times and also check every spring for new starts - you should be able to keep it in check with vigilance.

  • Ellen Ellen on Mar 26, 2015
    My advice would be to call an expert. I can be very difficult to deal with and is very harmful. If burned, it will still have toxins in the air you breath.

  • Birdie Berghuis Birdie Berghuis on Mar 26, 2015
    I agree. Roundup has a particular spray for resistant plants and I think even a poison ivy spray. Spray it well and keep with it.. Any little bits that escape will continue to grow. Wear clothes you don't want to keep because if the oil gets on them, you can get the rash by trying to wash them.. Don't bother. I found out the hard way. This stuff is bad!

  • Dee Rush Dee Rush on Mar 27, 2015
    Roundup for Poison Ivy Poison Oak works very well. If not all are killed, put on a pair of gloves and cut as many runners as you can and place the ends of them in a jar with about 60/40 mixture of the roundup. Let them stay in the jar at least 24 hours, this will get those stubborn large rooted ones. afterwards, take off the gloves carefully and dispose of them where children and animals can't get to them.

  • Mtn Willow Mtn Willow on Mar 27, 2015
    I spent most of my life working in the nursery and farming. I have a Professional Applicators license, I am now retired. Please go to a local Nursery and talk to Nursery person who is certified. There are better things then even roundup. My son was a Forest Fire Fighter and was fighting a fire, where the was poison ivy. The smoke carried the oils into his lungs. Had to be hospitalized for 5 months. Do Not Burn it Please....

  • Janice Barth Janice Barth on Mar 28, 2015
    Use a systemic weed killer and wear protective clothing and gloves. You must be drastic with poison ivy to kill it. Follow up a week or 2 later to make sure it is totally dead.