Poison Ivey

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by fordnut, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. fordnut

    fordnut LawnSite Member
    Messages: 65

    I have got a problem with poison Ivey in the tall hedges around our local High school football field. Is there anything I can spray on them to kill the PI without harming the shrubs.I am not sure what the name of the shrub is.thanks
  2. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,125

    Anything good enough to kill poison ivy is certain death for ornamentals. I kill vines going into trees or shrubs with Garlon 4 on a paint brush, applied to the stems of the vine.
  3. 4.3mudder

    4.3mudder LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,227

    You can paint it onto the leaves, do not spray because it will go everywhere. I have had good luck with the the ortho and roundup, both brands have worked for me, but they are brush killer, not the weed killer. You can take the jug and pour it into a cup and brush it on the leaves.
  4. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,125

    That works too. However, I was taught to go to the stems. A poisoned plant can drop a treated leaf before adequate herbicide has been absorbed.
  5. RAlmaroad

    RAlmaroad LawnSite Silver Member
    from SC
    Messages: 2,257

    Poison Ivy is almost death to me. I can look at the stuff and start swelling. I've had to treat it inside of Azaleas. When suited up, the Michelin Man comes to mind. I pulled it out with plastic bags on my hands and when the bag was full, I turned them inside out and threw the bag in a bigger contractor bag. Finally I found the source of the vine, luckily it wasn't too large and grubbed it out, painted the spot orange under the azalea and when it begin to sprout back, hit it with some Crossbow on the end of a long want with a pinpoint tip. I did loose a twig or two but after several application the ivy was gone also.
    Years ago before I had Tyvec suits, I was cutting a large cedar tree in the fall. A huge vine, one of those hairy, nasty ones, was on the a side. I cut through the damn thing and sprayed myself with chips; no shirt, down my pants. Well, let's say no porn star could compare. That was a hospital stay. Roy
  6. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    I agree with you about getting a faster kill with cut stem method and Garlon 4. one thing nice about Garlon 4 is no translocation by roots to the shrub.

    Here in South Florida we have a problem with Brazilian Pepper trees which are very prolific. Seeds germinate in shrub beds and cause a real problem. Garlon 4 on a small sponge paint brush and a pair of bypass pruners is the trick to control them.

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