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Clearing trails on my land - one big problem.

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  1. cms829

    cms829 Well-Known OPE Member

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    Forgive me if this isn't the right place, but I figured it was best to discuss here as it is kind of a landscaping question.

    My wife and I moved into our home and I am slowly getting around to some of the things I want to get done. Total of 7 acres. Took a bunch of dead or dying trees down around the property, but we have 3 acres of woods that I want to cut a trail through. Basically around the perimeter of our property. The issue is, the forest floor is blanketed with poison ivy. We are in upstate (central) NY, just an FYI. I am allergic, and have had it like 5 times already since we moved in and I started working outside.

    So....with that said, what are some good options for me to at least clear a trail? Throw on a tyvek suit and a backpack sprayer of poison ivy killer? Thats the only thing I could think of. I do realize it will become a maintenance thing, and that the ivy will try to grow back.
     
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    Moparmyway Its just a saw

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    Roundup, 1.5 times the suggested ratio. The large super concentrated container is about $100.00. I run 10oz for 3.5 gallons.

    Apply one Saturday morning as the dew is drying out, wait a week, then apply again.
    Will kill everything green, including bamboo with a third application.

    As for the PI, Tecnu will be your go to wash down after you remove your clothes. Don’t scratch any itch until you wash down, no matter what !!
     
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    Apply a barrier cream, such as Ivy Block or Stokoguard, if you know you have a good chance of exposure to poison ivy. While no vaccine or medicine has been shown to prevent reactions to poison ivy, barrier creams containing bentoquatam seem to be effective in slowing the absorption of urushiol into the skin. Apply the cream as directed, usually about an hour before potential exposure, and thoroughly wash it off within four hours, reapplying as necessary.

    If you can find it these days Fels Napa soap is about the best I have found for cleaning up (showering) with after being in poisin Ivy. start at your head and work down so any oil you wash and rince off continues to be removed.

    :D Al
     
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    As another person that has reactions to ivy, bad ones. I try to stay away from it all costs. But, sometimes you gotta deal with it.

    It might sound weird or crazy but go to Walmart and buy you a bottle of the gojo orange with pumice from the car area. Keep a bottle in your shower.

    As soon as you are done being around the ivy and hopefully you weren’t around it long as it gives the oil more time to get soaked in. Jump in the shower and scrub down with the gojo orange with pumice. I have had good luck with it. It does not always prevent a reaction but what I have noticed if I do get a reaction and each night take a shower with the gojo it seems to help dry it out faster and make it go away quicker.

    I always have the gojo in the shower now. Anytime I am out in woods and think I might have walked around some ivy even if I didn’t see it I scrub down with it and rinse before using my normal soap.

    I have also had success with the bars of lava soap but like the gojo liquid better. Just get the pumice one!
     
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