Tackling Poison Ivy Vines & Amdro Giveaway Announcement

Tackling Poison Ivy Vines & Amdro Giveaway Announcement

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Poison Ivy Vines‘Leaflets of three, beware of me.’ Poison ivy is all around our property and appears in many different forms. Even though the leaves may not be present this time of year –
the hairy, intertwined vines are a telltale sign poison ivy is lurking.

hairy vinesThose wooly, hairy vines are actually ariel roots of the poison ivy, which allow it to climb.

hairy vine on tree
Poison ivy is most dangerous in the spring for a couple reasons – one being that these furry vines are far less recognized then the signature three leaves most people are aware of.

This time of year the roots and vines are also bursting with urushiol, the invisible toxic oil found in the poison ivy sap. Urushiol has a tendency to stick to almost everything and it stays potent, essentially up to a year, until washed off or dissolved.

Poison Ivy Tree While these atrocious ariel roots tangle themselves high upon the trees on our property – poison ivy also makes an appearance on the ground, in the form of woody shrubs and trailing vines.

Since moving in we have left all of our poison ivy weeds as-is. Digging, or cutting the weeds, has never been an option since both Butch and I are highly sensitive. The success rate of this method isn’t very high anyhow due to the rhizomes left behind – and the likelihood of new plants sprouting. Same thing goes for the natural methods floating around the internet – I have not found one yet that has actually worked for the purposes intended – and it may just be the abundance of weeds we are trying to control around these parts.

Amdro Powerflex However, while taking care of the walkway weeds last week, I took a break to read a little more about the different cartridges available for the Powerflex system.
(If you missed that post last week, the AMDRO Powerflex is an all in one, multi-use system created to simplify indoor and outdoor pest and weed control. The one gallon tank and battery powered sprayer are reusable while the special formulated cartridges are totally interchangeable. The four cartridges include: Yard & Perimeter Outdoor Insect Killer, Weed & Grass Killer, Home Pest Indoor Killer, and Lawn Weed Killer)

The packaging for the Amdro Lawn Weed Killer concentrate just happen to state that it is especially effective on all hard-to-kill weeds including poison ivy and poison oak. The Lawn Weed Killer contains dimethylamine salt, 2,4-D.

Using 2, 4-d on poison ivy will more than likely require multiple applications to kill the entire root system of the weed – though it will not kill the grass around the affected area. And using the Powerflex system, it takes just three simple steps: Fill the one gallon tank with clean water – Twist on one of the four formulated cartridges – Spray the targeted areas.

Poison Ivy Vine
Now, the appearance of our particular poison ivy vines indicate they have been growing for a very long time – years and years, even.

So while we are not expecting an overnight miracle, especially where the areil roots are concerned – we may be able to tackle some of the ground shrubs and trailing vines that are bordering our wooded trails…

golf cart
…targeting those areas that receive regular foot traffic from this little guy.

flagstone walkway
Remember our flagstone walkway from last week – the weeds are now completely dead.

creeping thyme
I have slowly began replacing the dead decaying weeds between the flagstone with beautiful creeping thyme. I  really have not gotten that far as our local nursery is completely out of grown plants. Anyone have any recommendations for an online source?

Have a wonderful weekend – oh, and before I go the winner of the $50 American Express Gift Card compliments of the fine folks at AMDRO
is comment number 43 – Karen.

Pennington Amdro

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  1. I’ll have to try that for poison ivy- I get hives from the rash! You may not need more pots of thyme. Three years ago, I bought creeping thyme and wooly thyme to insert between the flagstones on our patio, and for other areas. I diligently weeded to encourage the creeping, and as it spread and grew the first year, I took sprigs and placed as needed. It is now full and vibrant, and at moment and am enjoying the scent, and purple flowers. And as it is a vigorous grower, only one pot of each was needed; along with some occasional thinning and planting. In fact, I am thinning out my many patches and putting them in between my lavender to cover bare spots.Enjoy it! The scent is wonderful as the sun warms it. I enjoy your writings and thoughts- thanks for your gift of sharing.

    • Hi Ellie – Thank you so much! I am the same exact way with poison ivy – in fact growing up my siblings and I would get it so bad our eyes would practically swell shut. I’m quite anxious to see the results. I am so glad you commented about the thyme. The walkway is quite long and I was impatiently thinking I needed to fill as much in as I could this first year. I am pretty excited to hear it spreads quickly. I can not wait to smell the fragrance. I read about combining the creeping and wooly thyme for continuous blooms – and you have just convinced me. Have a fabulous weekend!

  2. Oh, I’m itching just looking at it. My nephews used to have poison ivy all over! We’ve used this stuff the last 2 springs, and hardly any came in this year. Your thyme will be lovely!!

  3. Good luck with the poison ivy. We have it and I’ve had more than a few serious bouts with it and have scars to prove it. A friend recommended something that she says has worked for her and she has been sensitive her whole life. It’s called homeopathic Rhus Tox 4x poison ivy pills, a small white box with green stripe border by Washington Homeopathic Products, Inc., 260 J R Hawvermale Way, Berkeley Springs, W. VA, 25411. It was $6.25 at a local drug store and she swears by it. I’m definitely trying it. It says it’s a minute dose made from poison ivy leaves, which makes sense because then you can build up an immunity. I’ll try the poison ivy spray. Thanks for the info.

  4. My father is sensitive to poison ivy too and it’s all over the woods in northern Minnesota. For relief, apply Peppermint essential oil with either Frankincense, Myrrh, or Doterra On Guard directly to the area neat (without dilution). If the area is too sensitive to touch use a spray bottle. Apply at least 3 times per day until the redness and itching are gone.

    Michelle @ On A Wing And A Prayer

  5. I have never seen poison ivy. I live in the desert. Interesting article though. It sounds very nasty if you touch it. I think I like living in the desert. lol.

  6. Stephanie, Thank you for a wonderful giveaway. I was thrilled to know I won!! – Karen


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