Australis said:Please do not use bleach on your garden! It will harm everything.
I don't know about poison ivy, but one way to kill weeds is to pour boiling water on them. Just be careful not to get it on the Irises.
SonoveShakespeare said:Joshua, there is no way boiling water will work, the ivy is near the middle of the bed.
DaisyDo said:I have seen only one sprig of poison ivy in my yard since then.
LynNY said:Maybe get a long handled artists' type paintbrush to apply the bleach to the leaves of the poison ivy without getting it on the iris?
SonoveShakespeare said: Hi everyone,
I'm having a bit of a problem with poison Ivy in one of my iris beds. I was wondering if there was any chemical (besides Round-Up) I could use to get rid of the Ivy.
I thought about using dish soap or bleach. Would any of these work???
At second thought, the bleach might harm the iris.
Lestv said:Just be careful to wear gloves when removing the ivy, and also when you work in that area of the garden. The poison ivy roots will give you a very nasty dose of blisters even if you don't see any left on the surface. If it is far enough away from the iris, putting some salt (not epsom salt) on the plant will also help it go away, but salt will damage anything that grows into that area.