CAN ANYONE TELL ME IF I CAN ELIMINATE POISON IVY BY BURNING IT IN THE WINTER? OR IS THERE SOME OTHER WAY TO CONTROL IT OTHER THAN HERBICIDE?I ALSO POSTED THIS QUESTION ON THE NATIVE PLANTS SITE.
Yes, but it might kill you!
Inhailing the smoke from burning poison ivy will carry the toxin into your lungs. This is NOT something you want to do.
RUDY - DO NOT BURN POISON IVY - THIS CAN BE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS!!!
Sorry, but I want to be sure that this message gets through!
Besides, I'm pretty sure that burning poison ivy will not kill it. APCohrs, won't it re-sprout after a burn?
I've seen the western form growing lush and green after a spring fire. Cutting the vine near the ground does the exact same thing as fire, so there's really no point in burning. I provide the link below only because it discusses the ecological effects of fire on poison ivy. At home I think you are best off pulling with gloves, cutting near the ground, or using roundup. The roundup will usually do the job in one shot. Cutting will require many follow ups. Best to cut when the plants are in flower as that is the time they have exausted the most food reserves.
Here is a link that might be useful: Fire effects