The backyard of the House of Rock is rife with poison ivy. Finding a small itchy spot of it on my hand on Saturday, I decided to do some investigations so that I could better identify the plant. I was very familiar with the basic three shiny, reddish, leaves poison ivy, but I didn’t know if there were more varieties. I quickly came across poison-ivy.org and found out that, yes, there are many different varieties.
We’ve got the ground cover and the climbing variety all over one side of our lawn. Realizing my new predicament was a bit overwhelming. There’s probably enough ivy to fill 3 or 4 trash barrels. I’m not too keen on using herbicides, especially with a new veggie garden down-hill from the infestation, so I’ll probably don a Hazmat suit and try to cut out the pesky plant by hand. Needless to say, it will be an adventure in patience and persistence. If you have any helpful tips on how to remove poison ivy safely and permanently, I’d love to hear them.