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Poison Ivy

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Question: 231-5201
We have poison ivy growing in our yews. Is there anything that I can spray to get rid of it? Martha, East Providence, RI

Mort's Answer:
Poison ivy entangles other plants and cannot be sprayed without damage to the other plants. It is best to wait until winter when the ivy is dormant. At that time you can pull the plants out by the roots. Since the sap might still be present, you should cover your skin completely. Dried vines do not have the tensile strength of green plants and are more easily extricated from the yews and yours.

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Question: 941-2113
Is there a less expensive spray than the target herbicides for poison ivy? Gary, Norwich, CT

Mort's Answer:
Kerosene, lye and other harsh chemicals will knock it down. Systemic compounds are expensive, but do work. Poison ivy is best removed when the roots are dormant in the late fall or winter. Juices from the plant can be nasty. You do not have to touch the plant, including the root, to be affected with a rash. Wind will sometimes spread their essence. Cover yourself well before tackling this noxious weed. All target sprays will knock down all other plants that are hit.

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Question: 945-2213
There's a four ft. high stone wall in my backyard. It looks pretty old. It was there when I moved in. I am terribly allergic to poison ivy. How can I get rid of it? Paul Brown, North Franklin, CT

Mort's Answer:
It probably is rooted in between the rocks. You will need a systemic herbicide at this time of year. One product that I can recommend is Vine-X. You may have to search for it on the internet. The company that owns it now is Woodstream. They also make the Havahart traps. If the plants are rooted below the wall, then you can dig them out in the winter, when they are dormant. Any spray from the plants, including from the wind, will cause a rash. When digging in any season, be sure to cover yourself completely.

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Question: 1379-3816
Can I use salt water to kill poison ivy? Jim Salem, CT

Mort's Answer:
Any acid used on a hot afternoon will knock them down. Be careful to not do this on a windy day. Juices from the plant will fly and infect you. You could use systemic herbicide, Vine-X, that will kill the root of your problem. A two step could include the salt water at high noon and dig out the root in the cold of winter after the frosts. Be sure to tag the plants and to use kid gloves.

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