How big an area do you need cleared ?
I've been noting the spread of the invasive Phragmites australis
and wishing that someone would discover a good use for it ..
I propose that you gather a couple truckloads of it ;
weave it into thick mats ; lay the mats over your area.
Smothering the poison ivy & everything else -
... an all-natural biodegradable ground cover !
.. repeat every few years ?
... patent pending :-)
This is true of many plants. E.g., here, folks tend to use oleander
as a hedge around their homes. It grows quickly, densely, etc.
Each time I see some forest fire burning, I wonder what would happen
*here* for those folks whose homes are surrounded by the stuff!
In alt.home.repair, on Thu, 17 Sep 2015 05:13:48 -0400, Ron
Very interesting. Maybe I'll be more diligent about washing my legs
when I think they may have gotten PI on them.
A couple weeks ago, for what I think is the first time, I foud a row of
poke weed growing behind my next-door neighbor's townhouse. One guy on
the web said he got fiercely itchy from its touching his ankle, though
no one else complains about that (except whoever warned him not to touch
it.) . Eating it, however, is poisonous, all parts. Unless cooked
right, and that's just the leaves and I'm not going to try it.
The account I read claimed that soap emulsified the "Oil" and spread it
around on the skin as one washed with it while plain cold water
dissolved it and carried it away as the rinse water flowed away.
But I would put a lot more cred in whatever Ron says.... who knows who
wrote the stuff I was reading?
(PeteCresswell) wrote, on Thu, 17 Sep 2015 16:12:57 -0400:
If you want, I'll snap a picture of my red sweatshirt and bluejeans,
literally splotched with poison oak black lacquer spots.
Clearly I have been covered in the oily stuff, and, I get the rash when I
don't wash well.
What "I" do, is use a copious amount of Dawn/Palmolive, in a nice
comfortably hot shower, usually covering myself from head to toe three
times in a white film of dish detergent.
The theory is that the copious amount of surfactant "prevents" the
catechol from adhering to a skin cell, and the just as copious amount of
water flushes it down the drain.
(PeteCresswell) wrote, on Thu, 17 Sep 2015 10:22:53 -0400:
Why "cold" water?
I've heard the bs about "pores" opening.
Urushiol *diffuses* through your skin. It doesn't need pores any more
than glyphosate needs stomata to get into a leaf.
Molecules are small. Cracks and openings between and in cells are huge,
by way of comparison.
Think about a ping-pong ball going through a baseball wire mesh backstop.
Why do I always use perfectly comfortable hot water?
Because I want to WASH & RINSE for as long as I can, and the more
comfortable I am, the more likely I'll wash and rinse again and again.
Ortho Brush B Gone will whack the poison ivy and a lot of grasses are
pretty much immune to it. I would just put some in a spray bottle and
test a small patch.
I know the Cogan grass here (an invasive exotic) just laughs at BB
gone. All of the leafy stuff dies. I target air potato, Brazilian
pepper and carrot wood trees with it.
Be very careful with any burning. The smoke is poison
Danny D. wrote, on Thu, 17 Sep 2015 04:06:02 +0000:
I just uploaded these pics for Oren.... who taught me all about
huckleberries when they're in season... so I'm repaying the favor ...
Cut poison oak vine with black oxidized urushiol stains in the phloem:
Thick poison oak vines, as thick as your wrist or larger:
Tig-welding gloves covered in urushiol stains:
Bluejeans with spit-sized black splotches of urushiol:
Washing everything, including the climbing rope, in the washing machine:
Washing boots and loppers outside with Dawn and a garden hose:
Yeah. I have been busy.
My sister and her hubbie had some, shall we say, "issues", so I inherited
her young kids, so to speak, while she's sorting this stuff out, which is
keeping me pretty busy (ever try to keep up full-time with an 8 year old
when you thought you were all done with that years ago?).
The treehouse project, which was my neighbor's pet project, is on hold.
I was there today, fixing some broken boards - but there's not much to
We have been doing a LOT of radio work (building a mesh neighborhood
system), and a LOT of genocidal maniac work on the Spanish Broom. And
that's just for today.
Lunch for an 8-year old made by a clueless uncle:
Treehouse taken today, not much progress:
Antenna taken today, we're getting too old to climb these things:
Why do all the WiFi radio wires look the same?
Had to gently coerce this widow to move to a new location:
Learning how best to use cut-stem glyphosate technique:
Broke another lopper today (my third this month!):
Spanish broom taken today (I'm a genocidal maniac):
Spanish broom in the landscape buckets:
Clearing minor poison oak around the old cave so the kids can play:
Debugging a leaking hot water heater today (how to *find* the leak?):
And that's just today...
On Wed, 16 Sep 2015 20:45:20 -0400, "(PeteCresswell)" wrote:
I recently bicycled through Sandy Hook. I have never seen so much poison
As mentioned, there are herbicides that only kill broadleaf plants. I just
ordered this one for my mom:
I bought it to control thistle. But looking now I do not see poison ivy
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