To remove poison ivy, identify the plant, dress in protective clothing, cut the plant to ground level, and dig out the roots. If the poison ivy covers a large area, cut down as much of it as possible, and spray the remaining parts with an herbicide.
- Identify the plant
Poison ivy comes in various forms, such as a bush, a vine or ground cover. Check for groupings of three shiny leaves that grow on alternate sides of the stem. Look for leaves that are asymmetrical and either pointed, lobed, saw-toothed or smooth-sided.
- Dress appropriately
To avoid coming into contact with any toxic resin, wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Tuck your pants into your socks to protect the ankles. Put on work gloves. If you are removing lots of poison ivy, wear goggles and a respirator.
- Cut down the plants
Cut any stems with pruners or shears. Avoid ripping or tearing the vines or stems. Dispose of the plant matter in black, plastic garbage bags.
- Remove the roots
With a shovel, dig out the roots, and dispose of them in the garbage bags. If a large area of plants needs to be removed, spray on an herbicide, such as Roundup or Ortho's Brush-B-Gon, to kill the roots.