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So I figured out our poison ivy problem

My Goat - Gertie:



For the record that actually is the side of my house and all the plant on the rightside including a lot of the stuff on top is poison ivy. Here's a closeup:



I know you wish you had your own evil plant - if you'd like some there's another patch in the backyard too!

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    edited December 2011
    WOO HOO!  I heart Gertie.

    Thank you, Erin. Laughing
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    jodyk23jodyk23 member
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    edited December 2011
    Let me know when you start makng cheese!
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    edited December 2011
    Hmmm, I wonder if the City even allows goats??? I could start a business selling homemade goat cheese!
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    Sue-n-KevinSue-n-Kevin member
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    edited December 2011
    LOL. Damn, that is scary to have that much poison ivy near your home.

    I've had the "evil weeds from hell" that my ex roto-tilled to the surface when we had a garden in the backyard 10 years ago. I'm still spraying & trying to get rid of the prickly suckers. While your problem is a big one, at least it's not mixed in with the grass, so spraying anything kills everything around it.

    Did you get a home guarantee? Think you can hit up the prior owners (who obviously thought this was a plant??) for some remediation?
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    edited December 2011
    Sue - I have heard its a PITA to get rid of because the root system. One place suggested digging 8 inches down to get it all out. Ugh.

    I didn't even think about contacting the prior homeowners. We did get a 1 year warranty but I don't know if that's something that would be covered. I'm going to check with my realtor about it see what she thinks.

    I sprayed a TON of round up yesterday - I figure I can replant anything that doesn't make it but I want this crap gone!  This weekend I'll be out in my hazmat gear ripping the deadened remains out. Fun Fun Fun!
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    Julz629Julz629 member
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    edited December 2011
    How awesome would that be if you actually had a goat?!?  I would totally bring my dog over to play with him....I wonder if he would notice the difference?  LOL
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    elkayelkay member
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    edited December 2011
    The previous owners may or may not have known it's poison ivy, and it seems a picayune thing to invoke a home guarantee for.

    Is it actually poison ivy? the leaves in the close-up pic looks like it, but  . . . if it's vine-y, it is. If it's shrubby, i.e, has woody twigs/branches, it is more likely  mahonia. Which you don't want that close to the house anyway.

    Just use the roundup, it'll be the most thorough solution. I like the goat though.
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    edited December 2011
    Its very viney - it follows the other plant up the trellis and looks nothing like the pics I found when I googled mahonia.

    I was 99% sure it was poison ivy at first glance and when searching for solutions and looking at pictures the leaves/plant structure look identical to what's growing. I have no doubt that its poison ivy.
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