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May 8, 2020 9:10 AM CST
The utility company has left stumps, a few of which have large poison ivy roots attached in the front corner of our yard. There are also some runners nearby. We are getting quotes from landscapers to have it removed. One wants to dig it all out and bring new topsoil in (my preference) the other wants to spray the runners and then grind the stumps down before covering with topsoil. Wouldn't the latter be dangerous with chips of the roots around as well as the potential for the buried roots to try to spring back? The difference in price is $800. Thoughts?
Name: Lynda Horn
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May 10, 2020 8:16 AM CST
If the roots are sprayed first before the stumps are ground, the roots should be dead. With poison ivy there is no guarantee. Chances are either method will leave some alive, so the choice for removal would be the one you pick.
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Name: Paula Benyei
NYC suburbs (Zone 6b)
May 15, 2020 10:37 PM CST
Ive had really great outcome the orto brand poison ivy brush killern that applied carefully to the leaf surface of actively growing poison ivy didnt kill anything but the poison ivyI sprayed. The vine hasnt come back this year so i really do believe the lable.. that it gets in through active growth and kills down to roots
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May 24, 2020 5:38 PM CST
Save your money and just spray anything that pops back up. I had PI in my yard and after spraying it promptly when I see it pop up, I finally got it eradicated.
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May 24, 2020 6:20 PM CST
I have successfully used Ortho Poison Ivy Killer s well. It's not a quick death but the slow, torturous death it deserves.
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