Eradicate Poison Ivy plants in your backyard!
Leaves of three leave them be. This old adage explaining how to spot poison ivy has likely saved many hikers from traipsing through patches of this toxic plant. Although animals are unaffected by the effects of poison ivy, reactions to contact with the plant by humans can range from a red, itchy rash to blistering.
The helpful phrase comes in handy when traveling through unfamiliar turf, but when these plants find their way into your backyard or gardens, children might not be so careful. Activities might become disrupted when you are forced to work around these invasive plants.
Dealing with these plants at home requires some vigilance even after the first couple treatments. Meaning that it could return if you don’t stay on it.
Here are some things you can do to eradicate poison ivy in your backyard:
- Pulling poison ivy with a gloved hand is probably the most effective way, but requires direct contact with the plant so extreme care should be taken.
- Smother the plants by placing a heavy sheet of cardboard, plastic or rubber over the invaded area. This can be very effective for killing plants, but watch for areas where the roots may extend past the covered area.
- Douse with boiling water. Poured over the roots, boiling hot water will also kill invasive poison ivy, but it may take a few tries to kill the roots.
- Use a natural spray. Dissolve one cup salt in a gallon of water and add a tablespoon of dish soap to create a solution that can be sprayed. This can be effective but requires constant upkeep to keep the poison ivy at bay.