Plain and simple, poison ivy is a gardener’s worst nightmare. That’s because the resin in their oil is actually toxic, meaning it can cause everything from rashes when you touch it to lung problems if you burn it. There is hope, though. You can get rid of poison ivy in your garden by following these easy steps below:
1. Pull Out the Plants
If you know that you’re not super allergic to poison ivy, your best bet for eliminating this plant is by pulling them out of your garden yourself. Remember, though, chances are you’ll have to pull out the poison ivy more than once because you’re likely to miss some roots the first time around.
2. Don’t Get Too Close
Even if you’re not extremely allergic to poison ivy, you still want to keep your distance when pulling out the plants. For starters, wear a long-sleeved shirt, pants, boots, and heavy gloves. Here, you’ll want to make sure that your skin is properly protected.
Also, only use long-handled garden tools to remove the plant. Under no circumstances, should you touch any part of the plant with your gloved hands. Basically, the more distance between you and the poison ivy, the better.
3. Prevent Regrowth
To stop the poison ivy from growing back, dig at least 8 inches down into the soil where the plant is growing and remove all of the roots. By doing this, you’re preventing more poison ivy from growing. Keep in mind that you need to be wearing gloves for this step or else your skin will begin breaking out. Here, even dead stalks can give you a rash, so be careful. You may even want to opt for wearing a mask or safety glasses.
Once you take the roots out, put them in garbage bags, and dispose of them. After this, completely smother the spot where the poison ivy was growing. Whether you decide to use cardboard, newspaper, black plastic, or mulch, cover up the area. This will also prevent regrowth. Since poison ivy is persistent, you will need to keep an eye on the area, making sure that the plant doesn’t grow back.