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Question: Date: Wed, 7 Jun 2000 23:01:50 -0400
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Question recieved from:
Karen Basiletti
Lafayette, Indiana 47904
County: Tippecanoe
Country: USA
Mailing list (nothing means 'no'):

poison ivy
Category: Pest Control
Help! We are in a new house, and the yard and (overgrown) beds have quite
a crop of poison ivy. The product the local garden center sells says not
to spray it near any plants we want to keep. Scary! Do you have any
suggestions? Thanks, Karen Basiletti

Answer: This is very tough. There's a landscape firm in California that successfully uses a combination of techniques (cutting, burning, spot-herbicide applications and grazing goats!) to vanquish poison ivy. If there isn't someone in your area that can provide this service, probably the only way you are going to get rid of the poison ivy is to use a systemic herbicide (such as "Weed-Be-Gone"). Call your Solid Waste District to find a safe place to discard the dead plant material. You'll need to stay on patrol to keep any stray escapees from returning to the site (it may be worth your while to invest in a flame weeder for this purpose). Once you've conquered the poison ivy then put down a thick layer of compost, and plant away.

You may also consider contacting your County Extension Service for ideas on how to eradicate poison ivy in your area. It really is a tough, ongoing job.

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