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Ivy and poison ivy removal

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by crevinalandscapingllc, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. crevinalandscapingllc

    crevinalandscapingllc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 238

    I just got asked to do a large job on removing poison ivy and ivy. Not really sure how to go about this to use chemicals or what? Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciatd!
    Thanks Mark
  2. Bigred350

    Bigred350 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 810

  3. windflower

    windflower LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,099

    Are you or any of your family allergic? If yes I'd avoid it too. I'm not, but my wife is and the oil will transfer in the wash so clothes need to be laundered separately. Pets can pick up the oil form your shoes and cause a reaction in sensitive people if they contact it on the fur.
    Both plants will die eventually if treated with glyphosate or weed killers repeatedly. Best time is after new growth comes out in Spring and in again in Fall. A few applications during Summer would help. It will take a year or two to kill. I don't know of anything that will actually kill them in one application.
  4. WPLC

    WPLC LawnSite Member
    from USA
    Messages: 196

    I can't go near that stuff without getting it all over my body. My eyes get swollen shut, and I am pretty much laying on the couch drugged up and sleeping for 2 weeks straight. I wouldn't touch the job for $100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.:hammerhead:
  5. LHS Lawns

    LHS Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 253

    I would spray first to kill it completely then remove very carefully. I haven't handled much of to know if all the oils would be gone to make it safe to handle after its killed. I would think it would help though.

    You can use something like Crossbow or Garlon 4 to knock it out. Mix in some Glyphosate to make it a little hotter.

    I didn't think I was sensitive to it until I pulled some down off a wall one time. The stuff swept across my bare arm and got me. I should have know better but I never got it before.

    I have more respect for it now.
  6. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,793

    If its large enough just use a skid steer and a grapple bucket.
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  7. windflower

    windflower LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,099

    Even dead or dessicated plants still have the oil that causes the problem. Use the same precautions you would when the plant is green. What ever you do don't burn it. People have ended up in the hospital from the smoke. It can cause a reaction in the lungs.
  8. jones68

    jones68 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 453

    i would figure out what i would charge if it was non-poisonous ivy then double it for the poison ivy. go to walmart pick up a cheap pair of pants, long sleeve shirt, gloves wear them for the job then toss them. clean your boots off before you untie them also. wash any exposed skin immediately. I carry a pool chlorine tablet in the truck in a ziplock for when i get into it accidentally if i get into it i wet the skin rub the chlorine on then rinse it off seems to work well
  9. crevinalandscapingllc

    crevinalandscapingllc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 238

    Okay thanks guys I really do appreciate it! Up in these parts (Northern Jersey) where theres plenty of woods we gets alot of jobs like these, I usually avoid them unless if it was a small job or a very loyal customer of mine. In this case I explained how much the job would cost them and why and the customers were fine with it but then I explained on how they could do it themselves and save alot of money and they went that route. (thank god!) and now because of my honesty they just signed a new lawn contract with me for this season so every thing worked out well. Thanks for the advice guys it was much appreciated!-Mark

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