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Organic Gardening: Compost Poison Ivy?

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Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a)

May 17, 2014
7:42 PM

Post #9841821

I'm pretty good at composting, and can keep a nice hot 140*F+ pile going. I know not to burn poison ivy, but I also don't know what to do with it. Since I have moved to The South, I am imagining that any property that I buy will at best have a mild infestation. I know that hot composting will break down a lot of toxins and such. Also concerned that woody stems might not break down enough and will continue to produce the dreaded rash even after going through a compost cycle. Anyway, any thoughts are appreciated.
Baytown, TX
(Zone 9b)

May 19, 2014
8:20 AM

Post #9843049

I wouldn't trust it. I am highly allergic to poison ivy and each year I get it it is worse and the dr said it will get worse each time I get it. Caught it within 24 hours last year and still had to have 2 steroid shots. Not worth the hassle. If you are not allergic you can become allergic to it. It is the oil in the plant and I am not sure oils break down enough

I use nitrile gloves and pluck the small plants and pull off the glove inside out as I drop in the garbage.


Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

May 24, 2014
6:21 PM

Post #9848250

I would not trust it either. I agree with "ilovejesus99' that I carefully remove it and I actually put it in the garbage. Good riddance! There's plenty more out there, LOL

If you really don't want to trash it, I guess pull it, let it dry out and die, stuff the stems somewhere way out of the way that you'll never touch- but that's a lot of effort. Just trash it.

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