How to Kill Poison Ivy Weeds


The poison ivy plant is a perennial vine that spreads through a series of underground runners. The plant has green glossy leaves that grow in sets of three with edges that are either pointed, smooth or saw-toothed. The leaves start out red in early spring, turn green in the summer and become bright orange in the fall. Remove poison ivy on a calm day to prevent the plant toxins and herbicide from blowing onto you. Wear protective gear to prevent a poison-ivy rash.

Step 1

Cut the poison ivy plants at the ground level with a pruning clipper. Remove all plant stems and place them in a plastic bag for disposal. Do not tear the stems or leaves because doing so will release the plant toxins into the air.

Step 2

Dig the plant roots out of the ground with a shovel and place them in a plastic bag for disposal.

Step 3

Spray herbicide directly onto stems and remaining roots to kill any plant growth that you could not remove by digging.

Step 4

Repeat the process if any the poison ivy grows back.

Things You'll Need

  • Gloves
  • Goggles
  • Face mask
  • Protective clothing
  • Pruning clipper
  • Plastic bag
  • Shovel
  • Herbicide
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Bleach
  • Calamine lotion


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Jennifer Loucks has over 10 years of experience as a former technical writer for a software development company in Wisconsin. Her writing experience includes creating software documentation and help documents for clients and staff along with training curriculum. Loucks holds a Bachelor of Science major from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls specializing in animal science and business.