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Aug 11, 2016 4:43 PM CST
What is the best way to get rid of poison ivy from your garden?
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
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Aug 11, 2016 6:20 PM CST

I didn't have poison ivy but in my California yard, I had poison oak. Gloves (a pair I kept for just this purpose), long pants, long sleeves. Then, when I came in from the yard, everything went into the wash machine and I took a COLD shower with lots of soap.

I don't know how poison ivy works but from what I have read, its an oil. Poison oak is also an oil. Cold water and soap get rid of it. Hot water spreads it.

Put it into trash bags for disposal. Don't burn it! My brother ended up in the hospital because he put poison oak in a burn pile and breathed the smoke.

Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Aug 12, 2016 8:03 AM CST
At my house, poison ivy is the easiest vine in the world to remove.
I cleared a new section of garden... after I cleared out the brush n saplings, came up in poison ivy almost as thick as turf!
Went out with a mattock, and after rooting it out 1 time... It was gone!
Try getting rid of Chinese wisteria that easily!

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