Control Those Weeds: Poison Ivy: earth friendly strategies for poison ivy control.

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Control Those Weeds: Poison Ivy

By paulgrow
August 28, 2012

This is the fourth in a series that will offer descriptions and control measures for some of the most common weeds. For the most part I will be referring to weeds found in the Midwest because that’s where I live and these are the ones I’m most familiar with.

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hazelnut
Aug 28, 2012 7:26 AM CST
There are several strategies for controlling noxious weeds including poison ivy that do not require the use of earth-toxic chemicals such as glyphosate: examples--goats, pigs, cardboard mulch or cypress mulch following cutting emergent shoots in spring.

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dave
Aug 28, 2012 7:33 AM CST

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Many years ago we used a goat to completely eradicate poison ivy from a small area.

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hazelnut
Aug 28, 2012 12:44 PM CST
I tried to use a goat to control Asian wisteria, but it made the goat sick. Black vomit, white goat. We also have china berry and camellia-- all of which make goats sick. So I sent little goat out to the country and haven't tried that method since. I have however read that if you are using goats to clean up problematical vegetation, you can insure their health by making sure that they have a good balance of goat nutrition to go along with their "clean-up" diet, i.e. plenty of high quality hay. I suppose the same precautions would go for pigs--great cleaner-uppers, but no animal (including human animal) should be forced to eat a bad diet.


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Marilyn
Aug 28, 2012 12:58 PM CST
Hazelnut said......

Just got this in my e-mail:

"A human being will review it shortly and get back to you with any suggestions or solutions." ???? I wonder what kind of non-human animal sends e-mails?

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