Poison Ivy Killer

(Don’t worry, I’ll be back soon with a post on designing the desk and my own design tips, as promised (I’m sure you’ve been waiting with bated breath ;) ). We went camping/mountain biking this weekend so I didn’t have a chance to shore up the posts! Soon!)

Ugh, who likes poison ivy? Truly, I have a hard time hating a plant, but poison ivy? I could do without it, or at least, do without it anywhere I may see it in person. Unfortunately, we had a little poison ivy situation in our yard right where we usually set up the saw horses to do work outside.

Sanding wood and getting assaulted by ivy oil at the same time? DOUBLE BAD. We at least had to get rid of one of those evils, and well, you can’t avoid sanding during DIY, so the poison ivy had to go.

Thankfully,  in his vast wisdom, Mike knew of a home remedy poison ivy killer (or at least knew where to find it on google).

Three cups of white vinegar, a half cup of salt, and a teaspoon of laundry detergent poured into a spray bottle and spritzed over all visible poison ivy leaves, like so:

takes a viable, vicious plant from this:

to this:

We did two applications of the mixture a week apart. Four days after the first spray we had this:

See the burned edges and wilting nature of the ivy? We’re heading in the right direction! A week after the first spray, Mike went at it again, and, hello dead poison ivy! Victory is ours!

Buh-bye! See ya, wouldn’t wanna be ya! The important thing with this method is that you cover all of the leaves with the solution. The leaves you miss won’t be phased, and thus will still be a menace. No bueno. Once the leaves are dead, the plant kind of wilts and dies back. At that point, you can either let it self-compost or take it out of there. Be careful though, some oil will likely remain so use gloves! Anywho,  if you have poison ivy in your yard, I highly recommend this strategy to kill it. Quick, easy, and cheap. What’s better than that?