Monday, July 20, 2009

It's Everywhere, It's Everywhere!

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.

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Shannon said...

The best thing I found to prevent poison ivy outbreaks is Tecnu. Wash your clothes in it after weeding. Take a shower and apply it to your skin before a rash breaks out. You should be good. Good luck!

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Oh what a daunting job, getting rid of this poison ivy! Thanks for posting the pics so it's more easily identified!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Jane Marie! You be careful with that. Moma used to get that and would be in horrible trouble, as it spread quickly. I have never gotten poison ivy, but then I've never had it in my garden like you. Stop by and say hi today. I am having a manic Monday and it will make you smile. Country Hugs, Sherry

poisonivyguy said...

Hi, from There is a correction necessary being made in your picture posts. The very first photograph (upper most) you have posted does not contain or demonstrate itself with poison ivy/oak. It reveals nothing, other than various forms of non toxic, non poisonous weeds now growing around the base of a pole. Hope this helps.
"we're just itching to get rid of your poison ivy"

Jane Marie said...

Thank you, poisonivyguy, for clearing that up. That's one less plant to worry about. I'm going to post a link to your site. It was very helpful.

trisha too said...

we have a huge bumper crop of poison ivy this year. bleah. we just let it grow in some areas; the vines can be quite pretty, and the birds eat the berries. i don't think i'm particularly allergic to it, as i've never had it, but we have a niece who, well, let's just say it isn't pretty . . .

Randy Emmitt said...


Poison Ivy can be very hard to control, birds love the seeds and spread it. We have it at the entrance to our deck and I have tried for 3 years to get rid of it. Luckily I'm immune to it. Japanese Bamboo Grass is our worst nightmare here.