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How To Control Poison Sumacpoison sumac

Having poison sumac on your lawn can be irritating, literally. Outside of being an eyesore in your yard wherever they are  growing, poison sumac that comes in contact with your skin can cause a very irritating rash wherever the leaves touched that can deliver a painful burning sensation that will require medical attention to treat. Having these types of weeds growing your lawn can be worrisome when you’re gardening or especially if you have children or pets who play and roll around on your lawn.

Poison sumac can either be a  large shrub or small tree which can reach mature heights of up to 20 feet, but usually tops out at 5 or 6 feet. The stems are smooth and red and the leaves are arranged in 7 to 13 pairs of glossy green leaflets, often with pale green undersides and rounded edges. Poison sumac trees like to grow wet swampy areas or along shorelines. The plant is most found most commonly around the Great Lakes and coastal plains, but they have also reached areas far West past Texas.

You may be wondering, “Why does poison sumac irritate the skin so much?” That’s because poison sumac (along with similar shrubs like poison oak and poison ivy) emits an oil called an oil called urushiol, which is a strong allergen. Around 60-90% of people have an allergic reaction to the oil which consists of development of a rash with oozing blisters.

If there’s poison sumac around on your property, we at Solutions Pest & Lawn have a way for you to get rid of it through our high-quality herbicides and we can help properly guide you through the eradication process with our free expert advice.

How To Get Rid of Poison Sumac: 3 Step Solution

Removing an outbreak of poison sumac on your lawn doesn’t have to be difficult. By having the proper approach and being equipped with the right products, you can wipe out poison sumac from your yard quickly and conveniently. However, it should be noted that it’s not always the product that bring you the most success, but the proper usage of the product. That is why we have laid out three simple steps to follow when addressing poison sumac.

Step 1: First of all, be sure that the plant that you are dealing with on your lawn is in fact, poison sumac. There may be no need to get rid of a plant which looks similar to poison sumac but isn’t, like for instance, staghorn sumac. If you are not totally sure, you can always shoot us an email at identification@solutionsstores.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 poison sumac, 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 sumac 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 sumac 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 sumac, 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 sumac oil.

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