Asked March 21, 2015, 11:49 PM EDT

i have bushes around my house an it has ivy growing between it an i would like to know how to kill the ivy from growing between my bushes can you help.............an i would like to know what can i use to prevent dogs from pooping on my lawn

Baltimore Maryland

1 Response

You did not mention the type of ivy you are referring to. English ivy, poison ivy?
English ivy - To begin controlling the ivy, cut it near the base of the vine and paint the newly cut end with a systemic herbicide (one with the ingredient glyphosate or triclopyr) at a high strength. Follow directions for control. Remove the cut portion of the vine. http://www.nps.gov/planTs/alien/fact/hehe1.htm

Poison ivy - Follow control as above for English ivy.
Or for light infestations you can dig and hand pull small plants. Wear disposable plastic gloves, long sleeved shirts and pants. Or If anyone is going to try to pull vines out, you can wrap plastic garbage bags up your arms while handling the vines. Then, when you're done, simply pull the "garbage bag sleeves" off from the very top, turning them inside out as you pull. Dispose of the bags in the trash very carefully. Be sure to wash all clothing with very hot water and the strongest soap possible. Same goes for your skin.

See our publication on poison ivy for more information http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG34_Poison_Ivy.pdf

When dealing with dogs there are no easy answers. You can try fencing, covering the area where they walk with bird netting or chicken wire, or scattering pinecones in the area. There are commercial repellents but they need to be reapplied after it rains. One of the most effective deterrents is a sign that reads 'Please pick up after your pet'.