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Old 05-06-2010, 11:13 AM
 
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I've been spraying with the Ortho as recommended above, and then burying the plants with cardboard, then mulching over.

In addition to Tecnu, you can use something like Joy or Palmolive in the shower--it has degreasing properties and will disperse the oils. and it's cheaper.
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Old 05-06-2010, 11:45 AM
 
Location: rain city
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This probably isn't going to be very practical for the average homeowner, but the fastest easiest way to get rid of poison ivy is: sheep.

Sheep adore poison ivy. To them it is a hot fudge sundae cheesecake banana split. Delicious.

We used to raise a few sheep to mow our back pasture. Every once in a while when weeds and poison ivy began to take over the yard, we'd let the sheep in (under strict supervision of course). They'd zoom directly for the poison ivy as soon as they got through the gate, inhaling the ivy as fast as they could go. Cleaned it up in two shakes of a lamb's tail.

But you've got to keep a careful eye on them as they love roses almost as much as poison ivy.
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Old 05-06-2010, 01:13 PM
 
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This probably isn't going to be very practical for the average homeowner, but the fastest easiest way to get rid of poison ivy is: sheep.

Sheep adore poison ivy. To them it is a hot fudge sundae cheesecake banana split. Delicious.

We used to raise a few sheep to mow our back pasture. Every once in a while when weeds and poison ivy began to take over the yard, we'd let the sheep in (under strict supervision of course). They'd zoom directly for the poison ivy as soon as they got through the gate, inhaling the ivy as fast as they could go. Cleaned it up in two shakes of a lamb's tail.

But you've got to keep a careful eye on them as they love roses almost as much as poison ivy.
There's a service here in Durham that rents out goats for this purpose. I got a quote. spraying is way cheaper.
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Old 05-06-2010, 01:36 PM
 
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I've used both the Ortho Poison Ivy killer and Roundup. Both worked, but I think the Ortho was a bit better. Since I'm terribly allergic to poison ivy I sprayed it heavily, let it die, and didn't remove all the dead vines/leaves until months later when it was deader than a doornail and then some. Of course I still used long-sleeved gloves for removal. After that I prowled the yard on a regular basis with Ortho in hand, promptly squelching the least leaf of the stuff.

Technu works for me. I've also washed with Dawn Liquid Detergent in a pinch and it worked.
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Old 05-06-2010, 06:11 PM
 
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Why do the dead poison ivy plants need to be removed? I sprayed with Bayer Brush Killer (which I can no longer find at Lowe's, so got Roundup Brush Killer for the next go-round).

I left some dead plants in place, and really would like to avoid touching them. How come they need to come out, or do they?
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Old 05-06-2010, 07:29 PM
 
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You don't have to remove the dead stuff unless you want to clear the space - just remember that the oils in the vines can remain poisonous for a long, long time (if broken and touched) so if you'll ever want to stick your hands near that area again, best to remove them.
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Old 05-07-2010, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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I've used both the Ortho Poison Ivy killer and Roundup. Both worked, but I think the Ortho was a bit better. Since I'm terribly allergic to poison ivy I sprayed it heavily, let it die, and didn't remove all the dead vines/leaves until months later when it was deader than a doornail and then some. Of course I still used long-sleeved gloves for removal. After that I prowled the yard on a regular basis with Ortho in hand, promptly squelching the least leaf of the stuff.

Technu works for me. I've also washed with Dawn Liquid Detergent in a pinch and it worked.

I love it. You are my kind of pal.

I have this vivid visual of you as part of the cast roaming through the jungle in "Predator". Slow.....Quiet....Focused......Deadly.
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Old 05-07-2010, 08:27 AM
 
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This probably isn't going to be very practical for the average homeowner, but the fastest easiest way to get rid of poison ivy is: sheep.

Sheep adore poison ivy. To them it is a hot fudge sundae cheesecake banana split. Delicious.

We used to raise a few sheep to mow our back pasture. Every once in a while when weeds and poison ivy began to take over the yard, we'd let the sheep in (under strict supervision of course). They'd zoom directly for the poison ivy as soon as they got through the gate, inhaling the ivy as fast as they could go. Cleaned it up in two shakes of a lamb's tail.

But you've got to keep a careful eye on them as they love roses almost as much as poison ivy.
Well no doubt the sheep eat the stuff as do horses, but if you noticed it was horse that spread the stuff. What goes in one end comes out the other ya know....

Are you sure the a sheep will digest this and not just plant it again?

Horses sure do.
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Old 05-07-2010, 11:14 AM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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Oh yes, Prednizone Trying to avoid that in the month of May and forever after that. Thank you for your help.

We're hoping to deal with this in the most extreme way given my medical history. I will not be able to do anything about this, but rather my husband since I can't go near it. So, with that said, is there a way to kill it once and for all so roots don't stay "viable" as you say underground only to come back? Thanks so much! ! !
I had a terrible problem with poison ivy in my yard three summers ago. I used Roundup on it and it really did the trick. I sprayed the leaves, stems and around the base of the vine, as the label said to do. I was surprised that the product actually did what the label claimed it would do! A little poison ivy showed up last year, and I took care of it right away with the Roundup I had left over from two years prior. I'm keeping a close outlook this year, and so far, no sign of poison ivy. Yippee!

Of course, when you use a product like Roundup, it also kills everything around it (can even kill a sapling tree, if you get enough of it in the ground).

Good luck, Studat!
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Old 05-07-2010, 12:12 PM
 
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Wow! Thanks to you all for all the help. Who'd of guessed-SHEEP? ! ?!
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