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Poison Ivy grows, well, like a weed in Southern Illinois. I live on large lot in the country and it's everywhere. I was sharing our poison ivy tales with some friends new to Southern Illinois and she later writes me with her solution and findings.
The Quote Below is from The Police Notebook http://www.ou.edu/oupd/pivyp.htm
Their breakdown of the products is first, my Rural King alternative is at the bottom.
A number of herbicides are very effective in the control of poison ivy. Check with your local home and garden center or area agricultural extension office for more information regarding products available for home-use or other use. The primary residential herbicides used to control Poison Ivy (at the time I wrote this article) include Glyphosate, Amitrole, 2,4.D, and Triclopyr.
Roundup or Kleenup (both are glyphosate) may be applied to the leaves of Poison Ivy. It is absorbed through the leaves and carried throughout the entire plant. Glyphosate has no soil activity. After spraying, do not try to remove the plants for several days in order to allow the chemical to be absorbed throughout the plant. Remember that dead Poison Ivy still contains its poisonous oils. Avoid over-spraying as glyphosate will kill adjacent plants, including grasses. Glyphosate may be listed on a label as "isopropylamine salt of glyphosate".
Amitrol-T or Weedazol (Amitrole) may be applied, and works in the same manner, as glyphosate (above), but remains active in the soil for several weeks after application. This soil activity prevents the planting of new vegetation in the treated location for several weeks. Do not use in soil where food crops will be grown or in grazing-animal areas. Amitrole may be listed on a label as 3-Amino-1,2,4-triazole.
Weed-B-Gon, Jet Weeder and other products containing 2,4-D are not the most effective solutions for controlling Poison Ivy, but 2,4-D does not kill grass. It may be mixed with 2-4-DP when used on larger "woody" Poison Ivy plants for increased effectiveness. Repeated treatments will probably be required as it usually will not kill the root system through a single application. Apply at least 6-12 hours before watering or anticipated rainfall. This active ingredient be listed on a label as Diethanolamine salt of 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (for 2,4-D) and Diethanolamine salt of 2,4-Dichlorophenoxypropionic acid (for 2,4-DP). Note: Some plants are VERY sensitive to extremely small amounts of 2,4-D and 2,4-DP. If you must use the sprayer for other uses, rinse it carefully several times with an ammonia solution (including nozzle, hose, reservoir, etc.) to remove all trace amounts of the chemical.
Garlon, Redeem, and Brush-B-Gon (Triclopyr) works in a similar manner to 2,4-D, but has a longer soil activity. Do not plant trees in treated soil for a period of at least six months. It also does not affect grasses.
Crossbow (a mixture of 2,4-D and triclopyr). is one of several herbicide "mixtures" that may control Poison Ivy. Read the labels carefully for the effects of such mixtures, as well as for all herbicides applied around the home.
Not all of the listed products may be available in your area or may not be allowed for home-owner use without special licensing.
Products for non-residential control of Poison Ivy, such as along fence lines as well as clear and timber areas, include Banvel, Velpar, 2,4-D ester+2,4-Dp ester, Tordon, and Oust.
Because I am mindful of ecological issues, I focused on the fact that "Glyphosate has no soil activity." and went to Rural King to see what they had in that category.
Roundup 32 oz spray was $11.99 at Rural King's end-of-aisle display.
Around the corner on the aisle itself were several other products.
After reading the ingredients of every single one of them --
I went with the El Cheapo choice:
GLYSTAR ready to use Grass and Weed Killer, 32 oz spray, ingredient: isopropylamine salt of glyphosate
but ONLY $2.99. NINE DOLLARS LESS for the same stuff. Bye-bye Roundup, hello Glystar.
(The Glystar bottle is yellow with a red spray spout)
I didn't find it at the rural king web site unless its this but with no product photo, who knows.
The Mfg. web site but again, no product photo.