Poison Ivy In The Backyard: What Should We Do?

Poison Ivy In The Backyard: What Should We Do?

Sarah Rae Smith
May 23, 2011

For most of my life I have used two methods to get rid of unwanted weeds: the first is pulling them out by the roots (boo manual labor), and the second is boiling water. A trip behind my house this weekend revealed that the leaves of three have taken over my entire fence line, the adjacent hill and part of a walkway. And this means my usual methods just aren't going to cut it!

Growing up I lived on a creek that was lined with a ridiculous amount of poison ivy. It isn't a new plant and while I don't fear it, I'm not fond of its new found abundance all over my yard. We reported last year that poison ivy is getting meaner and while I read the article from NPR, I hadn't personally seen much change.

Word got out and all the plants in the neighborhood have decided to gang up on me. Boiling water is out of the question as the oils that give you the itchies will just spread with the splashing. There's too much to pull and chemical sprays are a no-no for obvious reasons.

How do you get rid of the leaves of three in your own yard? Do you have any masterful tips or tricks to share with me? Let me know in the comments below!

(Image: Sarah Rae Trover)

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