Five years ago, I noticed a pretty big poison ivy vine growing on the honeylocust tree down by the creek. I was busy, and didn’t have time to deal with it then, and then forgot about it. When I was clearing honeysuckle in the northwest corner, I noticed a few bits of poison ivy, and remembered the big one. Oh, BIG one indeed; that thing had grown to incredible proportions, and spread through the brush that I had to hack my way into to reach the base of the big one.
I don’t think I was even aware that poison ivy could grow this large!
Looking very healthy and happy up there, and I could see there were hundreds of unripe berries, just waiting to be eaten by wildlife and spread around.
I had to pull a lot of smaller vines just to make my way in to cut and poison the big one. Not an insignificant pile, and this isn’t all of it; there was some I didn’t get, but I know it’s there, and won’t forget for five years like I did with the big one.
I cut a chunk out of the big one to make sure it couldn’t “heal”.
I don’t think it can grow back together. 😉
Kind of hard to count the rings, but roughly 15-16, I think.
There was another one about 3/4″ around. I cut and poisoned that, too.
Cut and poisoned some honeysuckle while I was back there.
My assistant. He was right in my work area, and I didn’t want him harmed, so I moved him a few feet away. Compared to Roxy, this guy is a beefy beast, indeed, and very heavy! Roxy weighs 3/4 lb, but he’s probably double that. He’s shy, so the picture is not of his head. I love box turtle feet, especially the back ones. <3
The next day, the poison ivy still looked okay, but by the second day, it was looking pretty wilted. Good! Die, you giant bastard, die!
I’ll have to keep a close eye on that area, which I should anyway because I need to make sure nothing overtakes my elderberry. I can’t even go anywhere near it for the catbirds giving me hell; they know it’s elderberry, and they’re waiting for those flowers to turn into berries. I went in and cut out a bunch of honeysuckle, boxelder, black walnut, etc., after I’d taken this picture, but whatever. I love my elderberry “grove”!
Editing the morning of 06-07-19. This is the very best kind of poison ivy…the dead kind. Urushiol can remain active up to 5 years after the plant has died, though, so I think it’ll just stay right where it is until it falls of its own accord!