The Q&A Archives: Poison Ivy

Question: I recently discoved poison ivy growing around and up a hugh cedar tree I have in my yard. Please advise on the best way to get rid of it. I am very sensitive to it.

Answer: I think the only way you are going to get rid of it is to use an herbicide. Poison ivy is difficult to get rid of since it has underground stems that will regrow. You can try "Finale" (I think the Safer Corp. makes this) but you will probably need to use something a bit stronger like "Weed-Be-Gone". The best way I have found to do the trick is to actually prune the vines (being VERY careful to wear gloves and wash with a strong soap afterwards! Your pruning shears will now be affected, so clean them too.) during the heat of the day and actually PAINT the herbicide on the exposed stem, being careful NOT to get it on the cedar. The poison ivy plant, being thirsty will draw in the liquid. This can be quite effective. You may have to do this for a few seasons, but it DOES work. What's best about this method is that the herbicide will not affect your cedar since this method is systemic!

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