The internet is full of different ways to get rid of Poison Ivy plants, but not everyone wants to do it the same way. So I’ve decided to make a list of four different ways that work, and put them on the same page to make it a little more convenient.
- If you don’t care about other plants around the Poison Ivy, and you don’t have pets that will be eating the plants you spray, then you can try using Poison Ivy killer made by Ortho or Roundup. I used the one made by Ortho and it worked very well. I haven’t used the one made by round up, but it has good reviews so I’m assuming that one works as well. If you would like to buy either one of these products you can click on the image at the bottom of this post.
- If you’re worried about killing other plants around the Poison Ivy, then you will probably have to pull it out by hand. I would recommend hiring someone to do it for you. If you are going to do this yourself then you will probably want to wear clothes that you don’t care about. You will want to make sure your entire body is covered so you don’t get the oils on your skin. Bring two trash bags with you, one to put the plants in after you pull them out, and the other one to put the first bag in once you’re done. You want to pull the whole plant including the roots from the ground, and put them in the bag. Once you have pulled out all the plants, put the trash bag full of the Poison Ivy into the other trash bag just in case some of the oil got on the outside of the first bag. Then you should carefully remove your clothes, and try not to let the outside of your clothes touch your skin. You can either throw your clothes away or wash them. If you are going to wash your clothes, you should wash them by themselves. Check the area after a few weeks to make sure they haven’t started to grow back. If they have started to grow back you can pull the small plants out and pour white vinegar over the area to stop future growth.
- If you don’t care about other plants around the Poison Ivy, but you are still worried about pets or wild animals getting sick then you can try this method. Add 1 cup of salt to 1 gallon of vinegar. Then heat the vinegar to dissolve the salt, then let it cool. Add 8 drops of liquid detergent to the vinegar, and pour it into a large spray bottle. Spray this on the plants you want to kill.
- Goats like to eat Poison Ivy, so if you have goats you can use them to get rid of it, but don’t worry they will not get Poison Ivy or get sick from eating it. There are a lot of animals that eat Poison Ivy in the wild. Humans are the only thing that we know of that has a reaction to Poison Ivy.