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Is this Poison Ivy?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by blide, Jun 11, 2004.

  1. blide

    blide LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 12

    I'm trimming tree's in my yard and I think this tree may have poison ivy? Does any know if this is "stuff" :) Any advice would be greatfull....



  2. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
    Posts: 1,557

    Congrats, you have an extremely healthy crop of poison ivy there.
  3. Pecker

    Pecker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,454

    I think so but ours looks different here. The three leaves have somewhat jagged edges where yers are smooth. The bad thing is that there are thousands of types of poison ivy.

    If you've got it on you, try Zanfel. Available at your local drug store for a $40 per ounce. Expensive but if you catch the poison ivy soon enuff, it'll get rid of it and take out the itch on contact. If that doesn't do it, do it again and follow up with Caladryl 2x per day or more.

    Take this advice from a fool who got it 7 times last year, and 2x so far this year. My advice is experience talking.


    Hope it helps.
  4. Liberty Lawncare

    Liberty Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 485


    KILL IT, KILL IT!!!!!!!!! <a href='http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb008' target='_blank'><img src='http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/15/15_4_126.gif' border=0></a>

    Yep, it's poison ivy. What a craptastic plant.
  5. GrassBustersLawn

    GrassBustersLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 983

    YEP to poison ivy. Looks like a really healthy one going up the tree. I've run into some just like that and the older ones will have 3 to 4 inch wide stalks running up the tree. I usually wait until winter and cut them up then. Less chance of getting contact with leaves (since they fall off) but watch out for the juice when you cut them!

  6. MikeLT1Z28

    MikeLT1Z28 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,732

    i've never had an outbreak to it, don't know if i am just lucky or don't get outbreaks from it. as far as waiting till winter, i read somewhere the oils (poisons) stay active for up to a year after the leaves die.
  7. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Posts: 4,347

    Bingo. I just got through cutting down tons of trees that looked like those in the pictures. NO ESCAPING IT. my legs still itch for 1.5 months ago. Oh well, just tacked on a dangerous fee to it.
  8. Evermow

    Evermow LawnSite Member
    Posts: 50

    Looks like a job for a Mexican!
  9. blide

    blide LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 12

    You guys are going to love this....

    I started doing some landscaping this past week and I was trimming trees and pulling weeds and I happened to notice a vine like the ones on that tree I posted going up another one of my tree's. So, I was thinking I already have a tree with vines all over it and I don't want the same vine on another tree so I started pulling it off (This was just one shoot running up the whole tree) So, I cut it at the bottom and started yanking it down and I spooled it all up around my arms and carried it across the field to a brush pile. Well on the walk back I scratched one of my eyes and felt it burning instantly. And thats when the pain began. I must not be very allergic to the stuff because I only have a small rash dime size on both of my forearms and a little irratation around my left eye. That's why I wasn't sure if that was poison ivy or just some other reaction to a thorn bush or something. But, I think the funny thing about all of this is that tree has had that poison ivy on there for over 5 yrs at least and I had no clue. I can remember when it started really growing I thought to myself those vines make that tree look a lot better and all this time that wacky weed was planning it's attack. :cry:

    I feel betrayed :(
  10. Blades of Steel

    Blades of Steel LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 599


    I have been preaching Zanfel on this site for over the past year. You are the only other person I have ever found that has used it. I live by it a a tube stays in the shower on stand by...

    Great stuff.....''


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