All Things Gardening forum: potential poison ivy advice and help

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seanansari
May 31, 2017 3:25 PM CST
Hi
I am doing some cleaning up, and I found this plant in my backyard. My question is if this is poison ivy, and if so how can I deal with it? That is how do I remove it so I don't get the oil on me, and it does not come back again?
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bxncbx
May 31, 2017 3:36 PM CST
This isn't poison ivy. I think it is Virginia creeper. Pesky weed but you can pull it without fear.

seanansari
May 31, 2017 3:49 PM CST
Thanks. Apparently Poison Ivy has 3 leafs? This one seems to have five.
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greene
May 31, 2017 4:41 PM CST
Your plant is Virginia Creeper but some people can still have an allergic reaction to the plant. Wear gloves unless you are sure you will not be affected by the plant. Wait until after a good rainstorm and pull it out by the roots. It will take a while but you can win the battle.
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ShadyGreenThumb
May 31, 2017 10:03 PM CST
I agree Until you know for sure, handle Virginia Creeper with care and gloves.
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Frillylily
May 31, 2017 10:24 PM CST
not poison ivy, it is Virginia Creeper as noted, it has beautiful fall color, some places sell it as an ornamental vine.
Some people have a skin reaction similar to poison ivy. it looses its leaves in the fall, although can still cause reaction.
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Bonehead
Jun 1, 2017 8:07 AM CST
Looks like it's growing up a downspout. You may want to just leave it and see if you like it. I keep meaning to get a start from my sister.
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Cinta
Jun 5, 2017 1:22 PM CST
I do not have a reaction to poison ivy but when I pull this plant I get poison ivy type skin reaction.. My body is strange, So just wear gloves and pull.
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Yardenman
Jun 6, 2017 11:35 PM CST
Cinta said:I do not have a reaction to poison ivy but when I pull this plant I get poison ivy type skin reaction.. My body is strange, So just wear gloves and pull.


I pull Virginia Creeper all the time with no problem. But then I used to handle poison ivy by hand for decades with no problem and then suddenly had a rash for 2 weeks.

Things change.

Now I won't touch poison ivy by hand and use a poacher's shovel to dig it out, use the shovel to put it into a plastic bag, and wear latex gloves when tying the bag!

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greene
Jun 9, 2017 4:23 PM CST
When I was young I discovered that I was not affected by poison ivy so I took no precautions. Things change. I agree Somewhere around age 38 I was pulling some from around a rusty metal fence (not realizing that I already had a scratch on my wrist) and OMG!! Maybe my intact skin is strong enough to fend off the oils but...the oil entered through the scratched skin...wow, never again. Thumbs down
Now I take every precaution. I wear disposable surgical gloves over my gardening gloves, long sleeve shirt and tape the gloves to the shirt at the wrist. Thumbs up
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Yardenman
Jun 14, 2017 3:48 AM CST
greene said:When I was young I discovered that I was not affected by poison ivy so I took no precautions. Things change. I agree Somewhere around age 38 I was pulling some from around a rusty metal fence (not realizing that I already had a scratch on my wrist) and OMG!! Maybe my intact skin is strong enough to fend off the oils but...the oil entered through the scratched skin...wow, never again. Thumbs down
Now I take every precaution. I wear disposable surgical gloves over my gardening gloves, long sleeve shirt and tape the gloves to the shirt at the wrist. Thumbs up


Yeah, poison ivy will get you eventually. I was sure surprised and spent a miserable 2 weeks with it. Now I want a laser to kill the stuff long distance! LOL.

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