What's this? It's poison ivy and this year it's everywhere.
After getting poison ivy on my arms, in the exact spot where it would touch my forearms as I reached down to pull weeds, I went on a search to see if I could figure out where I got it. To my horror I found it everywhere in my yard. It's never been there before that I know of. This is the first time in my life that I have been affected with the rash so I had to research it on the Internet to find out what it looks like.
For these small plants, I use a plastic bag, grab it from the bottom, turn the bag inside out, and then pull the poison ivy into the bag. Then it's straight to the trash barrel.
But look at this!!! I'm not sure the best way to get this out. It's wedged in with my vinca, mint, and Japanese Maple, so I can't spray it.
I guess I have no choice but to wear long pants, a long sleeve shirt, and gloves. After pulling it out, I'll have to go directly to the washer and wash all of my clothing in hot water. Not my idea of a fun gardening day, for sure.
There are several forms of poison ivy, but always look for three leaves and the red colored stemmed. This particular variey does not climb, but is a ground ivy.