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Old 03-23-2011, 09:11 PM   #1
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I'm sure this has been covered before, though the search engine does not recognize 3 letter words...too bad Ivy isn't a four letter word . Anywho, we have a beutiful old oak tree in our back yard that has limbs for days. We would like to put up a swing, set up a picknick bench and have a summer shade haven in this otherwise sweltering area.

Problem? You guessed it, poison ivy/oak everywhere. Last season, we tried herbicide with mixed results and it quickly grew back. There is no way of pulling it by hand as it is just not feasible for such a large area. Obviously, herbicide seems the choice...question...which one do you recommend. How often and when should I reapply in order to reclaim this area.

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I'm sure this has been covered before, though the search engine does not recognize 3 letter words...too bad Ivy isn't a four letter word . Anywho, we have a beutiful old oak tree in our back yard that has limbs for days. We would like to put up a swing, set up a picknick bench and have a summer shade haven in this otherwise sweltering area.

Problem? You guessed it, poison ivy/oak everywhere. Last season, we tried herbicide with mixed results and it quickly grew back. There is no way of pulling it by hand as it is just not feasible for such a large area. Obviously, herbicide seems the choice...question...which one do you recommend. How often and when should I reapply in order to reclaim this area.

any suggestions
To kill the climbing vines, you need to chop off the base to cut off water to the vine. Over time, it should die off.

For those in the ground, I had a friend who sprayed round up on the bottom of the leaves (non waxy) and then they died off.

Worse comes to worse, hire a landscape company to bring a skid steer out to clear out that area.
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If you use Roundup and follow the instructions you should only need to apply it once.

But even still, you're going to need to remove it, and the toxic oil is present on the dead vines too.
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Yes, and once they are dead, you cannot burn the ivy as it will disperse the oil into the air which you don't want to breathe.
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