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Sep 28, 2015 1:22 PM CST
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Name: Jane H.
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Birds Region: Kentucky Clematis Daylilies Irises Region: United States of America
My sister-in-law belongs to a church with a beautiful iris bed of pinks and purples out front. The problem is that it is totally overrun with poison ivy this year. Most of the folks are older and she is highly allergic. Is there anything that will kill the poison ivy but not the irises? I hate to see the whole bed dug up and not replanted due to the poison ivy.
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Sep 28, 2015 1:48 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Round-up if you are careful to spray only on the poison ivy. I suggest thick rubber gloves to clear some of the ivy away, so then you can spray the sections of ivy that go to the roots. Poison ivy loves disturbed ground, so loves creeping into gardens.
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
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Sep 28, 2015 6:50 PM CST
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
Garden Photography Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises Region: Japan Region: Pennsylvania
I sprayed a "poison Ivy" only killer spray (in a green container) and it killed the "Indian Hills" clump next to the ivy.
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Sep 28, 2015 8:55 PM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
Bee Lover Irises Hummingbirder Hostas Keeps Horses Farmer
Daylilies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Cat Lover Region: Kentucky Birds
Janie -- I've found that five-gallon buckets, turned upside down over the Iris plants, protects them while the poison ivy is exposed and able to be sprayed.
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. (www.tut.com)
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Sep 29, 2015 10:22 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Tri Cities, WA (Zone 6b)
irises
Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener Irises Region: Northeast US Region: United Kingdom Region: United States of America
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
good idea!
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Oct 7, 2015 8:36 AM CST
Name: Pam
Pennsylvania
Cat Lover Dog Lover Keeps Horses Irises Region: Pennsylvania
Goats. If you have a friend with a mini, they can be tied in the area for a while and the poison ivy will disappear - down to the roots. There may be some iris damage, but iris is second choice on the list.
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Oct 7, 2015 7:55 PM CST
Thread OP
Name: Jane H.
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Birds Region: Kentucky Clematis Daylilies Irises Region: United States of America
Never heard of that before! Might bring some interest or new members to tie a goat in front of the church!!
My son used to have a mini goat but had to give him to a farm when he kept jumping the fence.
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Oct 24, 2015 4:59 AM CST
Name: Gabriel/Gabe Rivera
Charlotte, NC (Zone 7b)
German imported, Michigan raised
Garden Photography Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers hot summers Roses Garden Procrastinator Region: North Carolina
Lilies Irises Hybridizer Hostas Dog Lover Daylilies
We have the goat squad here in Charlotte, NC. Though about it, but I live too residential. Just a tad tacky for the suburban setting. They ear basically only the crap plants and goat manure is a grrreat natural fertilizer. Plus theyre just fun to watch
Gimme it and I'll grow it!
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Oct 24, 2015 7:25 AM CST
South central PA (Zone 6a)
Irises Region: Pennsylvania
If you end up using the gloves to pull some out make sure you do not touch the working side of them-the oils remain! I have used plastic bags for such tasks, pulling up the ivy into the bag and turning it inside out and tying it, all without ever touching the plant. Not nice when your fingertips are spread an inch apart and fingers do not bend because of the blisters.
Of course the goats are safer if available.
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Oct 24, 2015 6:59 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I guess you would have to make sure not to let the goat lick you or rub on you after their foray into the ivy. The oils could stay in their fur like it does on gloves and clothes.
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
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Oct 24, 2015 7:21 PM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
Bee Lover Irises Hummingbirder Hostas Keeps Horses Farmer
Daylilies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Cat Lover Region: Kentucky Birds
That's the truth!! I've picked up mild infection from my horses.............
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. (www.tut.com)
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