Poisonous ivy plant is one which can harm all the other plants in the garden when kept and in general, they are not healthy to grow in the garden. The nutritional value of the soil is also reduced as a result. Before blindly, using chemicals to kill the plant, it is imperative to know about the entire process and here it goes:

  1. Identify the Poison Ivy Plant

The first and obvious step to kill the poison ivy plant is to identify them. The poisonous ivy can be recognized through the following ways,

  • They grow as a cluster of three leaves.
  • Pointy tips.
  • The leaf in middle is bigger in size.
  • It’s usually waxy on the topper surface and fuzzy on the bottom.
  • Shiny texture.
  • White, greenish or tan color fruit.

So always remember “Leave of three? Let them be”.

  1. Analyze Various Methods

We should obviously stay away from these pointy three leaves and at the same time know ways to get rid of them safely and effectively.

  • There are two ways to kill this poisonous ivy plant which is through natural and chemical. Some people prefer natural and others prefer a chemical one.
  • So clearly analyze various methods and choose wisely and pick your poison.
  1. The Natural Method to Kill Poison Ivy Plant

There are many natural ways to kill ivy plants. The first one is through manual labor. In this method on has to dig down at least six inches to reach out to its root and pull it out through its roots. This method is most suitable for soft land which is easier to dig deep towards the root.

  • The next method is through boiling water. This method is most suitable when the plant is growing away from other desirable plants. Here one pours boiling water over the poisonous ivy pant which kills them from above the root.
  • The next method is smothering, where one traps the poison ivy plant with a plastic or cardboard trap to kill it.
  • And the final method is a DIY one. Here one mixes the portion of salt, water, vinegar, and the soap dish. When this mixture is used on plats, it slowly kills them.
  1. Chemical Method to Kill the Poison Ivy Plant

Chemical methods are most suitable if one wants speedy recovery when one has a backyard full of poison ivy plant and children’s running around.

  • The most common chemicals which are used to the poison ivy plants are Roundup and Brush-B-Gone. The highly active ingredients in such chemicals are glyphosate or triclopyr.
  • When using such chemical make sure you use it on the undesirable plants and also on the leaves of the plant and not on the soil.
  • For better results, use the chemicals on good weather. After you have used them make sure to store them in a proper place where it’s not too hot or too dry.
  1. Dispose of the Dead

The final step after you have successfully killed the poisonous ivy is to dispose of them in the right way.

  • After you have cut or pulled out the poison ivy plant always remember not to put them in compost bag or touch them with the naked hand.
  • Also, remember never top burn them as they release poisonous gases.


So the best way is to bag them in plastic and directly dispose of those in the trash. Never forget to remove and wash your gardening clothes and equipments after clearing out the poison ivy plant successfully.