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Hi all. I've been pulling out ivy and doing other efforts in the front yard of my house for a few months now. Not every day, depends on weather and my schedule. I moved in here not too long ago and the house had been uninhabited for a few years, no landscaping done. It's like a forest here.
The soil I'm encountering as I work in the front yard has an odd smell. The best I can compare it to is a skunk.
The back yard is not the same. Smells just like dirt smells.
Anyway, I get feeling dizzy, some kind of vague pressure in my head. I can't really explain it. Today, I "think" I made the connection between that feeling and the soil because I started feeling it after I had been working on the ivy for 10 minutes, or less. So, I stopped. I didn't feel well enough to work. At that point, I didn't make the connection.
Then I started working on it again just about an hour ago, several hours after I had stopped, and this same sensation came back in my head. I'm wondering if it's whatever I'm smelling in the soil. I tried to Google different combos of words on the Internet, but didn't come across anything.
And it's not just the ivy, it's the whole front yard. There's a large area that has that black paper you lay down before you lay down bark or whatever, and it's exposed. Whenever I cut away the unsightly pieces, it's the same smell.
Has anyone heard of anything like this? My "connection" may be completely invalid. Thanks.