Getting rid of lots of poison ivy?

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Getting rid of lots of poison ivy?
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Sun, 05-09-2010 - 10:26pm

We have the worst

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Registered: 11-22-2000
Tue, 05-11-2010 - 11:58am

Exactly what I was thinking.


My son loves goats.


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Registered: 02-04-2009
Mon, 05-10-2010 - 8:48am
Lily of the valley is hardy--It may do well under the mulch. If not, given your dh's sensitivity, I'd take the loss, get rid of the ivy and then replant the stuff you love later.

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Registered: 07-17-2007
Mon, 05-10-2010 - 8:24am
Could you rent-a-goat on a leash?
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Registered: 05-27-1998
Mon, 05-10-2010 - 8:19am

Smothering sounds brilliant! I think I'm going to try that in the areas where there aren't any desirable plants intermingled with the poison ivy.

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Mon, 05-10-2010 - 8:16am

Unfortunately, we're in a semi-rural area and goats, chickens, etc are permitted, as long as you don't tick off the neighbors too much!


And, sadly, I am the owner of two very nice teens, but they flat out refuse to do this. (One has numerous skin allergies, so he's off the hook, and I can't ask the other one to do what I won't do!)


You think I could make this a youth group fundraiser?

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Registered: 02-04-2009
Mon, 05-10-2010 - 5:55am

Here's a method I found online (about.com). It's not toxic.

http://landscaping.about.com/cs/weedsdiseases/a/poison_ivy_3.htm

"....One organic method used to get rid of poison ivy is to pull it out by the roots. The roots must be disposed of; do not burn! Inhaling fumes from burning poison ivy causes far greater health problems than just the rash caused by skin contact. Another natural method is to get rid of poison ivy by smothering it. Smothering entails cutting it back close to the ground, then placing newspapers, cardboard, old carpeting, tarps, mulch or some other covering on top of it. However, be aware that, even after you kill poison ivy plants, they remain toxic. So be careful in disposing of the roots of the dead vines after pulling back the smothering agent (even if you've waited for years). ..."

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Mon, 05-10-2010 - 4:02am
Awww, goats are very cute, but they stink to high heaven and will eat everything else as well as the poison ivy. Besides it may be against your zoning to keep farm animals. I have killed many plant pests with either vinegar or alcohol. Maybe there is something non-poisonous that ivy doesn't like. Otherwise, hire 2-3 teens from the neighborhood to pull them out.

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