Killing Poison Ivy

How can I kill Poison Ivy?

Hardiness Zone: 5a

By dockside001 from Kalamazoo, MI

June 29, 20090 found this helpful

Call a gardening center and do your own search on Google.

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June 29, 20090 found this helpful

You could buy chemcials at a garden store or big box store. You could also dig up the plants. What ever method you use wear gloves and do not burn the poison ivy. Onct the leaves are broken they emit the chemical that will cause a rash. Burning the leaves put this chemical in the air that can be ingested into your air ways.Some options to consider to get rid of poison ivy include.

Call a professional landscaper to remove the poison ivy plants, especially if you have a lot of poison ivy in your yard.

Spray the poison ivy plants with an herbicide, such as Roundup or Ortho Poison Ivy Killer, keeping in mind that they can also kill surrounding plants too.

Manually remove the poison ivy plants, including the roots.

Repeat spraying or manually removing the poison ivy plants as they grow back.

If removing the poison ivy plants on your own, be sure to wear protection and keep in mind that Urushiol can remain on your clothing and gloves, etc., causing a rash if you later touch them.

Also, be sure to properly dispose of the poison ivy plants, since even a dead poison ivy plant can trigger a reaction, and never burn a poison ivy plant, as that can trigger a deadly reaction to anyone who is exposed to the smoke.

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