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How to Quickly Kill Poison Ivy

Poison ivy causes burning and itching rashes on the skin. Some people are more sensitive than others and some people can be allergic. It is important to kill poison ivy that is on your property where people frequent before it spreads and gets out of control. Poison ivy is a persistent plant and even if it looks like you have successfully killed it, it may regrow. Therefore, monitoring the site after you try to kill it is essential to ultimate success.

Put on long pants, long sleeve shirts and gloves before attempting to kill your poison ivy. In addition, wearing goggles will help prevent any toxins from reaching your eyes, especially on windy days or if you have a tendency to rub your eyes.

Read the label application and safety instructions of a herbicide labeled to kill poison ivy. Herbicides with the active ingredients of glyphosate or triclopyr are effective at killing poison ivy.

Spray the poison ivy with the herbicide following the label instructions. Usually, you should spray leaves on both sides of the ivy.

Spray new green growth as it appears. Do not let it grow back. It will take about three or four applications to kill the poison ivy completely.

Kill Poison Ivy Without Harming Your Dogs

Dig up each individual poison ivy plant. This can be a lengthy process, especially if you have an infestation, but it doesn't require any chemicals that could potentially harm your dogs. Wear gardening gloves, a long-sleeved shirt and pants to prevent the plants from coming into contact with your skin. Immediately transfer them to a plastic garbage bag. Cut the poison ivy plants back to ground level. This speeds the destruction process and also prevents the plants from coming back to life and spreading. Use all-natural remedies in place of chemical herbicides. Place the mixture in a spray bottle, and spray the poison ivy several times over a period of days until the plants are dead.

Kill Poison Ivy Without Harming Your Dogs

Dig up each individual poison ivy plant. This can be a lengthy process, especially if you have an infestation, but it doesn't require any chemicals that could potentially harm your dogs. Wear gardening gloves, a long-sleeved shirt and pants to prevent the plants from coming into contact with your skin. Immediately transfer them to a plastic garbage bag. Cut the poison ivy plants back to ground level. This speeds the destruction process and also prevents the plants from coming back to life and spreading. Use all-natural remedies in place of chemical herbicides. Place the mixture in a spray bottle, and spray the poison ivy several times over a period of days until the plants are dead.

Warning

When you remove the dead plant, do not burn it. Rather, seal it in a plastic bag and throw it out.

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