Getting rid of poison ivy

Asked April 11, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

We have a client that would like to know how to get rid of poison ivy.

Barry County Michigan

1 Response

You have to play a waiting game with this plant. Wait until the leaves begin to green up and unfurl. This indicates that the plant is taking nutrient out of the ground. Obtain Roundup (glyphosate) and a spongy paint brush and locate where the plant comes out of the ground. Cut it off approximately two inches high and immediately apply the chemical to the cut end above the ground. The roots will then suck the chemical in thereby effectively killing the Ivy. Wearing rubber/plastic gloves you can then remove the Ivy from its support. Minimize clothing contact with the plant. Any clothing should be washed thoroughly. Rubbing alcohol will work to clean your cutting tool. Plant material should be bagged and removed from your property to prevent small children and pets from contact with this pernicious weed. As always thank you for using the Ask an Expert System.