How to get rid of POISON IVY in your garden, without using toxic herbicides
1-Remove the entire plant — leaves, stems and root. You have to be sure to get it all. And, wear long pants, long sleeved shirts and thick gloves – plastic or heavy cotton. Be sure to wash all clothing afterward.
2-Add mulch. Any kind of heavy mulch piled thick above a poison ivy plant will kill it off. This is a nice solution to use in combination with mowing or trimming.
3-Make a mixture of 1 cup of salt, 1 gallon of vinegar and 8 drops of liquid dish soap. Combine the salt and vinegar in a pan and heat to dissolve the salt. Allow it to cool, then add the liquid detergent and put the mixture in a spray bottle. You can spray the poison ivy or pour it directly on the plant. This will kill all vegetation, so be sure to only apply it to the poison ivy.
5-Plant grass seed. Poison ivy will not grow where there is a lawn. I tried this at my cottage and it worked. The only downside is that it takes time, but, once you have grass, you won’t have poison ivy.
4-Fix calcium deficiency. Poison ivy appears to like soils that are deficient in calcium, phosphorus and selenium. A good compost tea that includes comfrey, horsetail and even seaweed and is applied on a routine basis could bring the nutrient level up in the soil and create an environment where poison ivy can’t survive.
5- Neutralize the soil’s PH. To take another route, in most cases poison ivy likes an acid soil. Test the soil in the area to be sure and then add lime to counteract the acidity.
6-If you happen to have a goat or cow handy, they just love to eat it — without any side effects!
Chemical free options if you get Poison Ivy:
There are several homeopathic remedies that are considered effective. As with any medical condition, consult with your physician if you have any concerns about the severity of your condition as it may first require medical diagnosis and/or intervention and monitoring.
The 3 best Homeopathic remedies are:
Rhus Tox (200c potency) If this doesn’t work after three doses, try Anacardium Orientale or Croton Tiglium
Read more about these homeopathic remedies: https://homeopathyworks.com/blog/homeopathy-for-poison-ivy-and-poison-oak/
Source for extra tips on getting rid of poison ivy: www.hobbyfarms.com