Poison Ivy in coop and run

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by BSeber, May 16, 2016.

  1. BSeber

    BSeber New Egg

    May 16, 2016
    I have poison ivy growing up a tree and around a bush in the chicken run. I know it's not harmful to the chickens, but it is to my family. How do I get rid of it without harming the chickens?
  2. Incukahlan

    Incukahlan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 17, 2012
    Phoenix, AZ

    Dig up each individual poison ivy plant. This can be a lengthy process, especially if you have an infestation, but it doesn't require any chemicals that could potentially harm your dogs. Wear gardening gloves, a long-sleeved shirt and pants to prevent the plants from coming into contact with your skin. Moisten the soil where the plants are growing, and then pull them out of the ground. Immediately transfer them to a plastic garbage bag. Remove the entire root to prevent the plant from growing new sprouts.


    Cut the poison ivy plants back to ground level. Discard the plants in garbage bags. You'll need to do this several times, but eventually it will cause the roots to starve, which will kill the plants. Inspect the plants on a regular basis and cut off any new shoots as soon as you notice them. This speeds the destruction process and also prevents the plants from coming back to life and spreading.


    Use all-natural remedies in place of chemical herbicides. Spray the poison ivy with white vinegar. This method can take longer than traditional herbicides, but it won't harm your dogs. Reapply the vinegar every few days until the poison ivy plants are dead. You might also try combining 3 pounds of salt with 1 gallon of water and a 1/4 cup of liquid soap. Place the mixture in a spray bottle, and spray the poison ivy several times over a period of days until the plants are dead.

    Hope this helps! 3 different options, vinegar really does work too.
    Last edited: May 16, 2016

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