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Re: Poison Ivy in shrubs

Subject: Re: Poison Ivy in shrubs
Author: Debbie
Date: 8/28/2005 10:58 pm
Views: 4337
Status: Approved
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This is tricky Louis. Since it is very dangerous to try to rip up the vines or plants, I would try this method to kill them but do it now, this season. If you wait, you will have a bigger patch in spring. Plus, since fall is coming, the PI is getting ready to stop producing leaves and go dormant ( however it will still cause a rash anytime of the year with or without leaves!)
Buy some "Ortho Brush B Gon" and pour some into an old bowl or plastic cup (EX. on old cottage cheese or sour cream container, etc.) you will throw away after use. Get yourself an old small trim paint brush as well, or those throw away sponge paint brushes could work also but be careful about drips. Wear good rubber gloves AND long sleeves. Pour the killer into your bowl or cup, dip your brush in the solution, and CAREFULLY PAINT it on the specific plants you want to kill. Don't disturb the leaves, you could let it drip off your brush also. You don't need to paint every single leaf but make sure you get enough on the PI. This method will make sure there is no overspray onto the plants you want to stay alive. Try to find the "base" of the PI ( where the runners come from if you have them) and make sure you paint the base heavily with solution. This will kill the PI and not your shrubs or other plants. Sometimes it may take several applications at different intervals (like again in 2 weeks.) When the PI is totally shriveled, you can remove it-- but again you must use caution. Wear gloves & long sleeves again. Have plastic garbage bags on hand to use to grasp each dead PI and then put that plant in a separate plastic trash bag. Do not be rough with it as every touch will cause urushiol to escape and then your potential to get a rash grows. Do not compost or burn. Throw this and your cup & brushes out with your regular trash in a closed bag. Wash yourself thoroughly when you are done with everthing. Have patience with this chore and good luck. ** Note: I have used some chemicals/compounds that can eat a hole in some kinds of plastics! So if this happens when you are using this method, you may have to switch containers. Read the warning label on the Ortho and use carefully. Legallylipgloss4@yahoo.com

Poison Ivy in shrubs (Approved)Louis Raucci8/28/2005 11:35 am
  Re: Poison Ivy in shrubs (Approved)Debbie8/28/2005 10:58 pm