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poison ivy

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by chefdrp, Dec 2, 2004.

  1. chefdrp

    chefdrp LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,384

    does poison ivy go dorment in the winter? I have a tree that blew oner and it has poison ivy on it and was wondering. I dont want to mess with it if it does not go dorment.
  2. wissel_landscaping

    wissel_landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 262

  3. nater1979

    nater1979 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    all the toxins in poison ivy get sucked back into the stems and become even more concentrated during winter. A friend of mine cut a tree down last November and gave no thought to the vine on the tree with no leaves. For almost two weeks he was scrathing his *** off.
  4. lqmustang

    lqmustang LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 620

    It can get you just as bad in the winter as it can in the summer. I speak from experience. :( Actually, worse case I ever had was after cutting down a bunch of trees in the winter only to realize afterward they were covered with poison ivy vines.
  5. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Messages: 3,010

    there is your answer. but just to pile on, the oils that cause the skin irritation are viable for up to 5 years......after the vine dies. :help:

  6. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    but...the good thing about working around poison ivy in the cold is, you can wear long sleeves, and one of those hats, like a ski mask, where there are holes for your eyes. wear goggles, rubber gloves, and duct tape the ends of your sleeves closed

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