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Poison Ivy in the Asparagus
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John B. McGinnis    Posted 06-09-2001 at 05:44:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have about a 6000 sq ft. overgrown asparagus patch full of poison ivy What's the best herbicide
that won't hurt the asparagus? And, can I just mow over the patch without damaging the plant?
Thank you.

scooterhead    Posted 06-10-2001 at 08:10:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Our bed was full of weeds and we spread canning salt over the bed . The weeds died and the Asparagus thrived .

Salmoneye    Posted 06-10-2001 at 02:28:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
This fall after the Asparagus dies down, take your handy rototiller right through that patch.
You will never be able to get down to the crowns of the plant and you will be amazed at the ammount and quality of the asparagus next year.
If possible set the tiller to about 6 inch depth and go to town.
If you get really ambitious, over spread with manure before tilling.
You will clean out most of the weeds in two years doing this...

MikeH-Tx    Posted 06-09-2001 at 06:34:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
John, here is what I would do.

Since you only want to pick the asparagus in the early Spring, mow everything after frost kills the asparagus. Mow right down to the ground, since it won't hurt the asparagus at all.

For the Ivy, you have a couple of options. First, you can ignore it. Pick the asparagus in early Spring before the ivy gets out of hand, then ignore the whole patch until Fall. Second option is to try to kill the Ivy with chemicals in early Spring, trying to avoid the new asparagus shoots. However, this is pretty poor advice since it is dangerous to be spraying near what you intend to immediately eat.

I use Ortho brush killer, which works pretty good on poison ivy.

I wouldn't try mowing the asparagus while it was into Summer growth.

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