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Old 08-26-2007, 08:58 AM
 
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Our new house has a backyard full of poison ivy. I'm extremely allergic to it and we have young children who will likely not be able to identify and stay out of it. I don't want to kill it with any chemicals as that carries its own set of problems and I've heard that pulling it all up is the best bet. So my question is are there any companies in the Triangle area that are especially skilled at ridding yards of poison ivy?
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Old 08-26-2007, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Our new house has a backyard full of poison ivy. I'm extremely allergic to it and we have young children who will likely not be able to identify and stay out of it. I don't want to kill it with any chemicals as that carries its own set of problems and I've heard that pulling it all up is the best bet. So my question is are there any companies in the Triangle area that are especially skilled at ridding yards of poison ivy?
Pick up a SouthSide Shopper and find an ad from "Mr. Nasty."
He specifically mentions poison ivy removal as one of the nasty jobs he does.
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Old 08-26-2007, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Wake Forest
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I am also allergic, and I knew my kids couldn't figure it out! My husband isn't allergic and he did spray it, but honestly, it didn't work that well! I would say having someone pull it up would be a good thing.

Leigh
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Old 08-26-2007, 10:02 AM
 
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Spraying Roundup has always worked for me.

By the way, something I've found for treating poison ivy, since i'm alergic as well, is Technu. It even claims to prevent getting it, if you put it on before coming in contact.
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Old 08-26-2007, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Mr. Nasty!!! hehee

Two non-chemical solutions that worked for us (and I'm pretty allergic):

Place an opaque tarp over the area to deny the plants sunshine. They will shrivel. This may take a while.

Put on long rubber gloves and pull out the plants, including the root. This works best for young plants.
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Old 08-26-2007, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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we sprayed with Brush Be Gone one spring. Everything died and it did not come back. Pulling them out is good but if you leave any underground runners, they'll just come back next year. Spraying is a sure fire way to make sure it kills the plant all the way to the root. Regular broadleaf weed killer doesn't always work because it's a "woody" vine. It will kill the leaves and LOOK dead, but doesn't get all the way through the system. You need something that kills woody types of plants.
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Old 08-26-2007, 08:37 PM
 
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Pick up a SouthSide Shopper and find an ad from "Mr. Nasty."
He specifically mentions poison ivy removal as one of the nasty jobs he does.
Would I be likely to find a Southside Shopper outside of grocery stores? Sorry, I'm very new to the area so I'm still learning my way.

I found this link <b>Poison Ivy Problems? Pulling is the way to go - </b> which explains the best way to remove poison ivy but it sounds too complicated to do myself.

I've heard that Roundup kills frogs and lizards and I don't want that on my conscience - if it killed Copperheads, maybe . Anyway, I'll look into the Brush Be Gone.

Thanks for the info everyone!
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Old 08-26-2007, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Would I be likely to find a Southside Shopper outside of grocery stores? Sorry, I'm very new to the area so I'm still learning my way.

I found this link <b>Poison Ivy Problems? Pulling is the way to go - </b> which explains the best way to remove poison ivy but it sounds too complicated to do myself.

I've heard that Roundup kills frogs and lizards and I don't want that on my conscience - if it killed Copperheads, maybe . Anyway, I'll look into the Brush Be Gone.

Thanks for the info everyone!
Look for the Southside Shopper outside Raleigh, Garner, Clayton, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina convenience stores.
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