Before we get started killing the Poison Ivy, it is important to understand why Poison Ivy even exists in our world. It does have a purpose, really two purposes. It feeds the wildlife and protects the forest.
The berries of the poison ivy feed a wide variety of birds. Poison Ivy is a plant the loves a lot of sunlight and because of that it tends to grow at the edges of forests. It also helps to prevent soil erosion and keep the good dirt around for the other plants and trees.
The four short steps are:
- Find it
- Kill it
- Don’t let it grow back
- Replace it with a better plant.
One important thing to remember is BE CAREFUL if you decide to burn what you cut down. Including the wood that the ivy fines are attached to. The smoke from the fire does have the poison ivy oils in it and breathing that smoke will send you to the emergency room.