Identifying Poison Ivy in the Landscape

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Poison Ivy Summer

Poison Ivy has been abundant the past few summer and fall seasons.  As a precaution keep an eye out for this inhabitant in your garden.  Poison Ivy is known for its three pointed lobed leaves and is an irritant in all phases.  The leaves, stems and roots of poison ivy all contain the oils involved in causing an allergic reaction in much of the population.  Poison Ivy is often found in wooded areas so be careful when working in these locations.

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Poison Ivy in Fall

Poison Ivy can be eliminated with an herbicide such as Round Up but be careful when spraying since herbicides will kill everything in the vicinity of where the spray lands.  If your skin is exposed to Poison Ivy wash immediately with soap and water to remove the oils and also remove clothing that has come in contact and launder with a strong detergent.  When Poison Ivy turns red in fall it is still highly irritating so beware.

Bookmark these photos and when you are working in your garden be proactive and keep an eye out for this toxic plant.

As Always…Happy Gardening!

Author:  Lee@Landscape Design By Lee, 2013, All Rights Reserved

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