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How To Control Poison Ivy
Perhaps regarded as one of the most hated plants in existence and a nightmare for gardeners and landscapers to deal with, poison ivy on a lawn can be both an irritating invade and a health hazard. This highly allergic plant is notorious for its reputation to cause skin irritation, blistering and burning sensations on any part of the body which comes in contact with it. Depending on just how sensitive your skin is and how it reacts to poison ivy, an encounter with this plant may result in a trip to the doctors office to treat your rashes.
You’re probably well aware of the phrase “leaves of three, leave them be”. This is referring to poison ivy which has stems which contain three leaflets. This perennial vine or shrub is often found in fields, pastures, woodlands, farms and home landscapes. The edges of the leaflets can be smooth, wavy, lobed or toothed. There are also many other harmless leaves that look similar to poison ivy by being trifoliate so it may be difficult to differentiate between a safe plant and poison ivy.
You may be wondering, “Why does poison ivy irritate the skin so much?” That’s because poison ivy (along with similar shrubs like poison oak and poison sumac) produce an oil called urushiol, which is a strong allergen. Around 60-90% of people have an allergic reaction to the colorless or slightly yellow oil found in the leaves, stems and roots. The typical symptoms of coming in contact with this oil consists of development of a rash with oozing blisters.
If there’s poison ivy around on your property or garden, we at Solutions Pest & Lawn have a way for you to get rid of it and keep them gone through our wide selection of professional-grade herbicides.
How To Get Rid of Poison Ivy: 3 Step Solution
Removing an invasion of poison ivy in your garden or on your lawn doesn’t have to be difficult. By having the correct approach and possessing the right products, you can wipe out poison ivy from your yard quickly and conveniently. However, it should be noted that it’s not always the product that brings you the most success, but the proper usage of the product. That is why we have laid out three simple steps to follow when tackling a poison ivy problem.
Step 1: First of all, be sure that the plant that you are dealing with on your lawn is in fact, poison ivy. There may be no need to get rid of a plant which looks similar to poison ivy but isn’t.. If you are not totally sure, you can always shoot us an email at email@example.com containing a photo of the plant in question and we will ID it properly for you as well as provide control recommendations.
Step 2: Once you are certain that what you have on your property is indeed poison ivy, you can then proceed with control. Be sure that you are first properly geared up for the occasion. Be sure to wear long pants, long sleeves, gloves, and boots, covering as much skin as possible because you not only do not want poison ivy on your skin, you don’t want to accidently get chemicals on you either.
Step 3: As was said earlier, the best method of eliminating poison ivy is through the use of chemical herbicides. Use a non-selective herbicide like glyphosate which will easily kill off this plant. You can cut the plant back to a foot or so above ground level and apply glyphosate immediately. Poison ivy, like the other plants in this family, are persistent, so repeated applications may be necessary to completely kill the plant. Afterwards wash all your clothing and equipment thoroughly to remove traces of the oil.
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