Poison ivy and solarizing
I recently moved to Maryland and found that I have an abundant crop of poison ivy among thick beds of English ivy in my yard. Both ivys are mature and the English ivy makes it very difficult to see how much poison ivy there actually is. The two beds run the length of my property (about 100 yards) and are about two feet wide. One particular bed of ivy surrounds an old oak tree. I am happy to rid my yard of both the poison and English ivys.
I don't think that roundup or brush-be-gone will be good options for my problem, since there is so much poison ivy and I can't see all of the individual plants.
I was thinking of mowing the beds, tilling them and then solarizing. It's late in the season, but I think if I use double plastic and leave it on throughout the winter and into next summer, I might have a chance of killing both ivys. I'm also happy to keep the plastic on throughout next summer and postponing my landscaping plans.
Any thoughts on this idea?