Birds and people like similar things; they like color, they like things that shine, and they are curious about finding whatever is ‘new’ in our environment. We attract them to our homes to feed them and watch them because they are beautiful and they give us so much joy. They also drop poison ivy seeds in our yards. Well, we aren’t going to get rid of the birds — and nor would we want to — so what option does that leave us? Well, that leaves us with identifying the poison ivy plants as they grow, and getting rid of them while they are small and manageable.
A cardinal sits on a poison ivy plant, contemplating which berry among the many he should eat first. The poison ivy berry is an important food source for over fifty species of overwintering birds.
A penny for your thoughts? Pull that sucker while he’s small! To the left of the penny, a just-germinated poison ivy seedling.
We enjoy the effect of air conditioning inside, and birds are fascinated with it outside. For this reason, always check around your air conditioner for poison ivy seedlings. (You’ll often find them and so will your dog!)
Clients call us to clear a major poison ivy challenge from a hedge of ginkgo trees. Held by two men is a 14 year old, 20 foot long, 80 pound poison ivy vine.