So that should help with some self-sustaining preventative measures. However, it is important to note that these plants should not be over-relied on. It’s still important to keep an eye out for stubborn poison ivy and root it up when small (and when it doesn’t have any enemies around).
Before the last section, what do you call a person who always gets poison ivy from climbing trees?
Monkey-poison challenged! (Very cheesy, we know…)
A lot of people wonder if poison ivy can be Solarized, which means: Exposing them to extreme temps with a clear tarp or sheet–trapping the sun’s heat and cooking the evil weeds beneath. Unfortunately, this is not very feasible. Poison ivy leaves have a waxy coating that retains moisture and protects the plant. As a result, extreme heat is not enough to kill.
Also, poison ivy often grows in shady, dark areas well protected by bigger plants and shrubs to begin with. So Solarization is sometimes very difficult, if not impossible in the first place. Going back to the earlier parts of the blog today, using proper protection and herbicides for removal followed by some strategic plants is the best way to invest against the green monster– poison ivy.
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