How to Rid Your Yard of Poison Ivy

If you don't want a pet goat to get rid of your poison ivy, there are other ways to get the job done.

You will need

  • Garden shears
  • Black plastic sheeting
  • Herbicide

Step 1 Eradicate with cultural methods Attempt eradication of the poison ivy through cultural methods, such as continually cutting the plant at the ground or covering the infestation with black plastic sheeting. Completely cover your skin when attempting these methods.

Step 2 Use an herbicide Use an herbicide if cultural methods do not work or the infestation is too large. Herbicides can be found at a local garden store.

Step 3 Do not disturb the soil Avoid disturbing the soil for several days after an herbicide treatment. The dead poison ivy may still contain poisonous oils.

Step 4 Repeat the treatment Repeat the treatment during the same season or in the following year until your ivy problem is solved.