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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Ack! Poison Ivy!!

Thanks to everyone who warned me of the poison ivy in my last post. Is there any hope that we can somehow eliminate this dreaded vine?

I am spending some time on the good old internet looking at websites to learn more. When I was a kid, I had a couple of bad cases of poison ivy rash. Really awful experiences.

Poison Ivy dot org
I like this link because the fellow is amusing and offers some good cards and a poster for identifying the evil.

From the Web doctor
This gives good descriptions of the symptoms and what to do about the rash.

Photos of poison ivy in all seasons
This is very good as it shows not just the leaves, but the flowers, berries and various forms (shrub, creeper, climber).

Poison ivy can still get you when it is dormant in the winter; the twigs carry the oil!

There are many websites that offer ways to get rid of poison ivy. It is worth a try, though I did read that poison ivy has underground shoots and roots, so it is possible we may just have to deal with this stuff.

Killing Poison Ivy?

And apparently a couple of breeds of goat like poison ivy. Hmmmm, do I see goats in my future?

Goat/Dog Image source
Happy Sunday! And remember, all shall be well!

10 comments:

Linda Wildenstein said...

I think we have poison oak here but I have never even seen poison ivy. Good idea to eradicate as much as possible, I'm sure. And if you get goats, you'll need one of those big dogs in the picture to guard to goats from predators. Darn, tee hee. Looks like your life could get a lot more interesting. You need to go to Chickens in the Road.com and read all about her adventure with her goats etc. xoxo BB, Oma Linda

thecottagebythecranelaketwo said...

So that furry thing I thought was lichens is in fact roots on the Poison Ivy! Guess if I'm glad we don't have that over here :-) It's enough with the stinging nettles I placed my hands on this morning :-)

Have a great day!
Christer.

Sandy Sandy said...

So glad to hear your dreams are coming to fruition, Robin. I guess you realize, it's not all going to be a bed of roses though. Congratulations! xo Sandy

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Some goats can eat poison ivy? Truly stomachs of cast iron!

Kallan Kennedy said...

Here's a landscaping article for you, Robin. I didn't know what these were until I took my hiking class and the instructor showed them to us. I actually just thought they were choke-vines.

http://landscaping.about.com/od/galleryoflandscapephotos/ig/Pictures-of-Poison-Ivy/Hairy-Vines.htm

Magic Love Crow said...

Get a goat ;o) That would be so much fun ;o) Big Hugs ;o)

The Spooky Whisk said...

I am not allergic, maybe because my name is Ivy, too. I dunno.

Hope you find a way to fix things.

Jeanne said...

It can seem daunting at first....controlling poison ivy. The place we had in Arkansas had poison ivy everywhere when we bought it. During the dormant stage, I cut and pulled down as many vines around the house as I could find. Then come Spring when new shoots would start to sprout, I would spray them with round-up. I never eradicated the stuff but at least I was able to subdue it. Goats aren't a bad idea. :0)

Witchy Cats said...

I am, for some strange reason I can't understand, immune to poison oak! Seriously!!!

Anyway Robin, I have a surprise for you on my Witch Cats Blog! Please check it out if and when you get a chance. :)

Blessings always, my friend ~

Kim

Jacquelineand.... said...

I'm like Witchy Cats on this one; I don't get the stuff. However, a couple of things can help.

1. Cut the vine, you don't have to pull it down, and pour heavily salted boiling water wherever you see it springing up again. It takes a while but you can get rid of it this way.

2. Jewel weed! It often grows wild wherever poison ivy grows but if it doesn't, plant some. Then if you've been exposed to the nasty stuff grab some jewel weed, wash the affected area with hot soapy water, then crush the jewel weed in your hand and rub it on the same area. My nephew is highly allergic to poison ivy and I taught him to do this; it's really helped him.