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Old April 21st, 2010, 08:53 AM
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I have begun my annual PI eradication battle. My small property on the Eastern Shore has been choking on the stuff for several years now. I have cleared maybe 30 percent of it. I've been using Roundup Pro in a backpack sprayer. I have to hit it around this time of year since this is the time when the roundup is most effective. I have spent maybe 400 bucks on chemicals in the last two years.
Where I sprayed last year, the stuff is coming back up. Less leafy and definitely much diminished but still frustrating to see it when I thought that these areas were done.
Has anybody got a better solution for chemicals? Other than pulling it up by the roots ( which I've tried, but there's just too much of it) is there any other way?
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Old April 21st, 2010, 09:49 AM
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goats...

at least they like the poison oak we get in California...

otherwise two options I can think of other than continued spraying:
1- develop an immunity and quit caring
2- move
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Old April 21st, 2010, 09:56 AM
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Goats would be great but it's a weekend place. Can't leave goats alone for that long.

I'm immune, it's my guests and in particular my wife that I do this for.
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Old April 21st, 2010, 10:33 AM
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Rent a backhoe and remove the top topsoil.

Roundup is crap - have you talked to a local landscaper? Different areas often require different products and the "locals" will know.
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Ortho Ground Clear does the job, same basic herbicide as Roundup with an additional chemical I cant pronounce that soaks into the ground and kills the roots (or keeps them from growing). My back lot is like a jungle and I was battling it for months when we moved here but the GC is the ticket. I use it around the house, in the drive, along the creek, wherever and in 3-4 days whatever you spray it on is DEAD. My lonley weedeater stays hung in the garage now, poor thing only gets used once or twice a year now. Occasionally I will switch it up and use another product called Quick Kill from a different company, it works great as well and between the two I pretty much have the unwanted growth around here licked.
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I get better results when I cut some deisel fuel or dish washing detergent into my spray. Any kind of surfactant to cut through the waxy protective surface of the leaf. I shoot alot of Amine, 24-d. Its cheap and usually does the job in one or two passes. The really good chemicals require a permit -too much of a hassle for me. Never had to deal with poison ivy but kill the shit out of poison oak.
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5 gallon can of gas and a match.
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5 gallon can of gas and a match.
"Smoke can and will carry the poison. This does damage lung tissue and can lead to a long hospital visit or death. If you ever do burn out an area of brush, stay out of the smoke"
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"Smoke can and will carry the poison. This does damage lung tissue and can lead to a long hospital visit or death. If you ever do burn out an area of brush, stay out of the smoke"
My dad and I used to always pick up free fire wood on Sundays on the side of the road for all of our fireplaces, and used to always tell me to stay clear of the ones with poison ivy vines. He had said it was because when he was growing up a guy had let picked some firewood with PO and let it sit out to dry out for a few month and when he brought it inside and burned it in his fireplace, he ended up suffocating from the effects.
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Rent a backhoe and remove the top topsoil.

Oh I have a nice BH on my Kioti DK45 Cab. Frankly the idea had crossed my mind as far as getting the roots up, but scraping 5 acres with an 18 inch bucket isn't my idea of fun considering it would take me a month of Sundays. Plus it is heavily treed, so getting around the trunks is a pain.

Ortho Ground Clear does the job

Joel, now you're talking. Will try it. Hope Lowe's carries it. I'll do the ditches as well. I hate using fuggin string trimmers.
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The gas idea sounds like a Ron-Good idea. I'd try it

I'm surprised no one has suggested just parking a truck in the yard to allow all the oil leaks to drown out any PO. Surely mobile 1 kills weeds...
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That tarp to starve them sounds good. But might take a while. I think you can order tarpaline in really big sizes.

Yeah, a backhoe seems like it would take forver but what about skimming a few inches with the loader end? Or rent a small dozer and just skim and pile the topsoil/root mix into a corner? Cover it with dirt and rocks and you can have a little practice/test zone for the Landy.

For my house I would try to steer away from chemical use. Says the guy that has a fertilizer company come in at my house - but the group I use is really conscious of what they put down and make it as natural as possible (or so he says).

Or let a group of quads/dirtbikes/mtn bikers ride there with the agreement they can only ride where the poison ivy resides.
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go to the nearest farm supply, use the super concentrate mixed twice as strong as suggested. Do it the day before a rain, as it makes the plant suck up the moisture- and the poison, kills within days at the root level. We do hundreds of acres for many kinds of weeds- the local supply house will know what works for sure.
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We always used #2 Diesel to kill Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, and Poison Sumac.

It was much cheaper than Round Up and because it has an oil base, stuck to the leaves.

Worked quick too!

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Ok I'll try that too
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Bill let me know what works for you. I have a lot of trees and fencing grown up with poison ivy, honey suckle,briars etc.
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Doug, I am going to try thr generic RoundUp. I have found it cheapest at RuralKing.com for 34.99 for the 41% with surfactant in 2.5 gallon size. That's the same stuff as RoundUp that I have been buying at Lowe's for 160.00. I'll let you know how well it works. I use a backpack sprayer, but considering cobbling up something involving a plastic drum and a PAR pump. I hate having to walk all the way back to the house to mix and refill. It eats up 20 percent of the time it takes for spraying.

------ Follow up post added April 26th, 2010 12:32 PM ------

go to the nearest farm supply, use the super concentrate mixed twice as strong as suggested

There's a John Deere dealership in Cambridge. Think they'll have generic?
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