is there any way to prevent or minimize poison ivy on our property as we have...

Asked June 30, 2014, 12:19 AM EDT

is there any way to prevent or minimize poison ivy on our property as we have dogs walking through the woods around our home?

Charles County Maryland

1 Response

Poison ivy grows fairly quickly and propagates itself by underground rhizomes and seeds. Seeds are quickly spread by birds and other animals that eat the small fruits. It often grows in shrubs and groundcovers making it difficult to control. For light infestations, dig up small plants. You can also repeatedly cut back the plants to ground level. Eventually they starve to death. Inspect the plants every week or two. Whenever you see green growth, cut the shoots back to the ground. To eradicate poison oak and poison ivy chemically, use an herbicide that contains glyphosate, triclopyr, or a 3-way herbicide that contains 2,4-D amine, dicamba and mecoprop. These herbicides can kill desirable plants, so be careful. For more information: http://extension.psu.edu/pests/weeds/weed-id/poison-ivy LW