Hi, I need immediate help! Poison ivy growing!

Nancy Symns
by Nancy Symns

I have a hedge that has poison ivy growing up through the middle of it! icon (Been confirmed) I am looking for quick help of what to do or who to call to have it removed ASAP.
I am severely allergic to it and don't want to get anywhere near it If possible. Thanks in advance!

  5 answers
  • Dfm Dfm on Jun 25, 2018
    ask a master Gardner for help. they will know how to kill it, and remove it. iv'e worn jeans long sleeve shirt and gloves the longer dish washing type to tear the vines out. but then, i'm not allergic to it. there is one way not to remove it. you never want to burn the vines dead or alive. my uncle the arborist, one of his crew tried to burn it off. when the crew inhaled the smoke, it inflamed their lungs their breathing was compromised - ambulance called and off to the hospital.

    • Nancy Symns Nancy Symns on Jun 25, 2018
      Thank you so much for your reply!
      I do recall as a child a neighbor burning it, plus on a windy day, (yikes), good advice for anyone to remember NOT TO DO EVER!!!
      I did also notice on a diy site that they mention to make sure to wear a good mask 😷 so not to inhale anything while trying to remove/kill, if the wind tends to blow or not, along with protective eyewear and the long sleeves, etc.
      Also, pets I was told aren’t allergic but can easily carry it on theit fur.

      Thank you again, lots of good info for anyone and I will be googling arborists in my area of the midwest. (Did not think of that), and not one lawn care service mentioned Arborists.

  • Barbara Gallyot Barbara Gallyot on Jun 25, 2018
    Use Poison Ivy spray available at home Depot and Menards , you don't need to touch the plant, but this spray is strong, and may kill the hedge as well..... Good luck !

  • Dfm Dfm on Jun 25, 2018
    county extension office should point you in the right direction. you need to kill the roots of the ivy or it will be back.

  • Alison Savill Alison Savill on Jun 25, 2018
    Dissolve one cup of salt add one tables spoon of dish soap in one gallon of water spray on the poison ivy keeps the ivy at bay

  • Annie Annie on Jun 25, 2018
    I am violently allergic to it as well. As much as I hate it, Roundup for Poison Ivy specifically is the way to go. Wear cheap rubber gloves that you will throw away. Have some plastic bags on hand that you can use to protect your hedge by draping it in between. HD and Lowes sell cheap paper “hazmat suits”. Get a few of those. If the base of the vine is visible, cut it and spray it with the Roundup. If not, isolate the leaves with the plastic and spray them. Wait a day or two...if not dead, repeat.Remember to wash any tools you use as the plant oil will remain on them. Throw out the gloves, hazmat suit, and wash your hands and arms in cool soapy water.