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Video:How to Get Rid of Poison Ivy

with Paul Filice

Poison ivy is a relentless weed that can be a pain for your yard and your skin. Remove poison ivy from your lawn with the tips in this how-to video from About.com.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Get Rid of Poison Ivy

Hi, I'm Paul Filice, President of Miner's ACE Hardware, here today in San Luis Obispo County on behalf of About.com to talk to you about how to get rid of poison ivy.

Remove Poison Ivy When it's Dormant

Once you've identified it, and can take it out, one of the things you need to do is consider the time of year; take it out when it's dormant--you're less likely to get the irritant on you. When you've identified it correctly, and start to remove it.

Poison Ivy Removal is a Constant Process

You want to make sure you go below the surface of the soil to make sure you remove as much of the roots as possible. Poison ivy is going to come back. You need a constant maintenance program to make sure you get rid of it. It's a year-long process, you're going to have to spray, and spray, and spray, and continue to remove it. Things like Ground Clear and Round-Up are two common over-the-counter products you can buy. You can buy them in the ready-to-use form, or also in a concentrate that you can put into a sprayer and dilute. 

One thing to consider when you're dealing with poison ivy is if you have a bad case and can afford to do it, hire a professional to get rid of it. Another thing you can do are buy or rent goats – they eat it, they like it, it doesn't affect them, and that might be a simple solution for getting rid of it. 

Getting Exposed to Poison Ivy

One of the things you need to consider when getting rid of a plant like poison ivy is what might happen to you if you get exposed to it. So you want to take every precaution you can in identifying it first and then make sure you have the right protective clothing; that means boots, gloves, pants, masks, glasses--make sure you're covered. When you're dealing with poison ivy and you have any skin area exposed, please coat your skin with things as simple as Vaseline, or there are some specific poison ivy lotions you can use to ensure that you don't get it.

Treating a Poison Ivy Rash

Another thing to consider when doing this is make sure you have the right soaps and cleansers for yourself after you're exposed to it. You need to get into the shower and clean yourself quickly after you're exposed to it. And that's how you get rid of poison ivy. Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at about.com.

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