POISON IVY and human neighbors!

Asked March 9, 2013, 6:27 PM EST

Eradicating (glass half full) TRUNKS of long-established PI on new property. Organic ways preferred, of course. Like a big DIG UP party. BUT, if the homeowners are deeply sensitive to the PI oils, is there a relatively safe way to cover/protect oneself in order to do the labor?
Monsanto products are very tempting, but we're trying.

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2 Responses

Unfortunately, for anyone sensitive to poison ivy there really isn't a totally safe way to eradicate the vine without coming in contact with the oils and risking the consequences. DO NOT try to burn the stumps because the smoke will contain the toxin.
In the winter careful use of an ax or hatchet isan excellent way to cut and remove a portion of the poison ivy growing up trees. There is a lower chance of coming in contact with urushiol oil with no leaves to work around, plus long sleeves and gloves are comfortable to wear for added protection. Aerial roots along the vines are an easily identifiable characteristic in the winter. The remaining rhizomes will sprout in the spring so a return trip with an effective herbicide is needed.

If you try Roundup (glyphosate) apply two weeks either side of bloom (about the same time as lilac bloom) using a 2% solution.

The following links will provide some insight into poison ivy and methods used to eradicate it.
http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Publications/PM773.pdf

http://www.msue.msu.edu/objects/content_revision/download.cfm/revision_id.499688/workspace_id.-4/015...

http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/1000/1015.html





THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE RESPONSE AND SOME DIRECTION. WILL FOLLOW.