Are poison ivy plants taking over your land? They are poisonous plants that can cause itchy and painful rashes upon contact. These notorious plants are also known for growing vastly on a wide variety of soil types and can even withstand flooding. They can really get on your nerves and frustration might lead you to use chemicals just trying to eradicate them fast. Chemical and herbicides can cause more harm than good both to the soil and to your health. So, what other option do you have aside from these chemicals that can also do the job?. The best option is an all-natural, homemade poison ivy killer that can effectively eradicate these annoying plants. The key to complete eradication of these nuisance of plants is through diligent application of this homemade poison ivy killer. Try this recipe and check out other natural and soil-friendly ways of eradicating these plants.
Homemade Poison Ivy Killer Recipe
This homemade poison ivy killer recipe is especially effective for young poison ivy plants. It can cause complete eradication as their roots are not yet well established like that of the older ones. For older poison ivy plants, it is also effective but the plants have a chance of growing back since they are more deep-rooted and are harder to kill. Just repeat the application until the plants’ roots get too tired of growing back new leaves and eventually they will die. Good thing this is an all-natural recipe, so the repeated application will not post any harm to your health. Just a reminder to carefully use it beside plants that you want to keep as this mixture can cause them to die, too.
- vinegar, 3 cups
- salt, 1/2 cup
- liquid detergent or soap, 1 tablespoon
- spray bottle
1. Combine 3 cups vinegar and 1/2 cup salt.
2. Stir the mixture to completely dissolve the salt in the vinegar.
3. Stir in 1 tablespoon liquid detergent, then pour into your spray bottle.
4. Spray liberally onto the poison ivy leaves. Wait for a week and repeat application as necessary. It is best to apply this homemade poison ivy killer during dry weathers.
Other Effective And Natural Ways To Kill Poison Ivy
Advertisements of chemical herbicides claim to be effective in completely removing weeds including poison ivy plants fast. But since poison ivy plants are very hard to kill, repeat applications of these chemicals are done. Did you know that these chemicals also harm and often kill soil microorganisms like bacteria and fungi? These microorganisms play an important role in making the soil healthy. Chemicals can also cause a drastic change in your soil’s pH or acidity. While you are trying to get rid of these plants, you are somehow making the soil conducive to the growth of other weeds by changing your soil’s acidity. So if you are planning to use your land for farming, you should think twice of even considering chemical herbicides to remove these pesky plants. Here are other natural ways of clearing up your land from poison ivy plants without harming your soil and its natural microflora.
1. Through Manual Pulling
This is as simple as it gets. Pulling out these plants and as much as possible, their roots is a time-tested and natural way of clearing up your land from these poison ivy plants. Just make sure that you wear the proper outfit to do the job. I guess closed shoes, long pants, long sleeves, and a pair of gloves can protect you from the irritatingly itchy and sometimes painful rashes these plants can cause. Another thing, dispose the cleared up weeds properly without burning them.
2. Mowing and Trimming
Have you heard how being persistent can benefit you in many ways? To keep pushing and moving forward in spite of difficulties? Well, the same goes for getting rid of these poison ivy plants. And ironically, these plants are persistent, too. So we just have to keep on mowing and trimming and show them who’s the real boss. Show them who owns the land. Let’s just hope that these plants give up first before you do. The bright side here is that if you have a healthy soil, you get to keep it that way by staying out of the chemical poison ivy killer alternatives.
3. With Boiling Water
It is best to deal with poison ivy problem on the onset of growth. Kill and get rid of them while they are still young and few. If this is the case, you can consider watering them and other weeds with boiling water. many people swear that this really works. But if you have a bigger poison ivy problem, then this remedy might not be practical for you to choose.
4. Soil Washing
If you think you have tested every possible solution to get rid of these plants, maybe it is time to check the type of soil you have. Maybe there’s something in your soil that keeps these plant growing back. If this is the issue, it is the soil that we have to treat then. Time for some soil remediation or soil washing.
- Fixing the Soil’s Mineral Deficit
Check if your soil is deficient from minerals like phosphorus, calcium and selenium. The mineral deficiency of your soil makes it conducive for the poison ivy plants to grow back no matter how hard you try to get rid of them. But don’t worry because application of compost tea can help improve your soil’s nutrient levels and make them healthy for other plants but not for these annoying poison ivy plants.
- Neutralizing the Soil’s pH level
If you have an acidic soil, then it might be what’s causing these plants to keep coming back. There’s a simple way to check your soil’s acidity and an easy way to correct it without hurting your wallet.
5. Sheet Mulch
It is best to apply sheet mulch, especially the heavy kind, after mowing and trimming poison ivy plants.
6. Get Some Goats
And when all else fails, let the goats out and eat these plants! Goats are known to love poison ivy plants. And with a little bit of training, you can have them stay in a spot and eat up all your problems away. With some fresh goat’s milk on the side, too.