Can you smother poison ivy to get rid of it?

dab07June 12, 2008

We have our own little grassy knoll, about 20x20, just touching our vegetable garden fence. It's covered with poison ivy and other weeds. It'd be hard to get in there and find all the PI. Do you think covering it all with a big tarp. or even big pieces of cardboard, would kill everything there? Kind of like you do if you want to kill an area of lawn to start a garden?


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joepyeweed(5b IL)

Smothering would work just fine, just keep an eye out for runners leaving the smothered area...

Poison Ivy in my yard vines up a tree and up the fence, so I can't smother it. :-(

    Bookmark   June 12, 2008 at 12:22PM
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Now I'm wondering, tho, if the poison ivy oil will remain after the plants are dead. How do you get rid of that w/o physically removing the plants?

    Bookmark   June 14, 2008 at 9:43PM
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I am having the same problem with poison ivy...and I can't get rid of the source as grand-daddy PI is in my neighbor's yard. This year, at someone's suggestion, I poured gallons of white vinegar on it. So far it is dying...if it stays dead, then I will carefully remove the plants. I have heard the you can't plant anything in the area for at least year after the vinegar dousing...but I am new at this myself. I'll keep you posted.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2008 at 11:30PM
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Simply smothering Poison Ivy will not get rid of it. The roots will simply send out runners to find some other place to grow up. The only really effective way to eliminate this "weed" is to dig it out, using lots of care so you do not get the plant oil on your skin. Old clothes, heavy gloves, stuff that can be discarded aferwards because you do not want to wash them in your clothes washer even alone.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2008 at 7:19AM
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