What unsafe about RoundUp? I've heard someone using household bleach
spray, but isn't spraying bleach is a bit risky? I use RoundUp on
very young poison ivy plants--that way they are eliminated easily with
very little RoundUp. For established plants (which I have very few) I
have a friend pull it out by the roots--he's immune to the poison.
Roundup is one of the safest chemicals on the market.....
It works by causing the plant to "grow itself to death".
I run a farm, and use it around livestock. I dont spray it on stuff
they might eat, although it claims this can be done. I do feel it's
the safest product made.
Roundup is very safe as otehrs have pointed out, but it's not very
effective against poison ivy: round up is fomulated to break down rapidly
in the soil, which is where loads of poison ivy sits. You're going to
need to really round up for yearts to really kill the stuff off.
The best bet is to wait for a good rain and mechaincally pull the stuff by
hand. Ideally it'll actually be raining while you're doing this, but
right after a good soak will do. The water minimizes the amount of oils
on the plants that you're going to come into contact with and softens up
the ground so that you can pull up the actuall vines which are often just
below the surface and go on for a suprisingly long way.
Dose up on the poison ivy blockers, wear disposable gloves and full length
clothing, double bag everything you pull, then proced deirectly to the
clothes washer, strip and put everything in to be washed, then procede
directly to the shower and wash up with plenty of water and a poison ivy
This gets the whole thing cleared in one go.
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I've killed lots of posion ivy over the years with Roundup and it works
just fine. At the most, I've made two applications by just spraying
it on. The first whacks about 90% of it. A month or two later another
application gets the rest of it.
The fact that Roundup breaks down in the soil is irrelevant. It works
by being absorbed by plant leaves that are above ground and killing the
whole plant, roots and all.
If Roundup doesn't work, it's because people don;t know what they are
doing. For example, many people have no clue what concentration they
are even using. I see people post "I use 1 oz Roundup in a gallon of
water", or "I use it full strength." Roundup and generic glyphosate
comes in a wide variety of concentrations. Unless you specify what the
actual concentration as applied is, it's meaningless.
One hell of a lot of risky work if it's in an area that can be safely
sprayed without the overspray harming desirable vegetation. Even if
you don't want to use Roundup, there are other herbicides that are
effective and very easy to apply.
I've found Round-up to be only moderately effective. However a mix of
round-up and crossbow works very well.
As for plain old rubber gloves. Don't believe it. Use Nitrile gloves
when handling any toxins. Unless, of course, you are like me and don't
I agree with the others that Roundup is about as safe a chemical as
you're going to find.
The product vine-x is supposed to work better on poison ivy.
http://www.vine-x.com /. It uses a common herbicide, Triclopyr ester,
which is worse than round-up in the sense of harmful chemicals -- it
lasts longer in the soil and can migrate in run-off. However, vine-x
is a spot application, directly on the poison ivy. It's not a spray,
it's designed to be "painted" on the ivy. The herbicide is mixed in
oil, not water, to more easily penetrate the bark of the plant.
Disclaimer -- I haven't used this stuff myself. I know a person who
has, and thinks it is great, and the principle of the product (spot
application, oil solvent), makes sense to me.
I think you should use Roundup. But if you can find a weed steamer
(good luck), that'd probably work, too:
I'm sure boiling water would have the same effect, but what a pain!
Use the Roundup, It breaksdown to harmless byproducts in just a few days.
This was reccomended to me when I inquired at Stowes Botanical Garden about
what would be safe to use to get rid of Japanese Honeysuckle.
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