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Poison Oak
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JB    Posted 01-25-2004 at 10:55:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have some trees in a hedgerow that I need to cut down and use for firewood, some of the trees are covered with poison oak. What is the best way to get the poison off of the trees? Thanks

Mike D. -try this    Posted 01-25-2004 at 17:36:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
I use an axe. Cut it off at the stump. Pull it back with a hard tine rake, or a big stick. We've taken down lots of the stuff. Pour raw gasoline on the cut. You won't see any of it sprout back after that. It grows like crazy on our place, just like honeysuckle, cat briar, poison ivy, and the rest. That gas trick works on them all.

Don't be afraid to burn the firewood. Just make sure you handle it with gloves on if you are alegic to the oils. If you get poison ivy or oak use Technu Cleanser you can get that a wallyworld or cvs, etc.

Good Luck, and get after it. Mike D.

walt    Posted 01-25-2004 at 16:22:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
You can cut the vine at the base, put some oil on the end. But everything I have read, the active incredient can stay on trees,etc, for 5yrs.

Alias    Posted 01-25-2004 at 12:06:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Back in the old days, when I was a boy, tobacco growers would burn off their tobacco beds in order to kill any weed seed prior to sowing the tobacco seed. I can well remember my father cautioning me not to stand too close to the fire because the wood and brush might contain poison oak. He told me of a case whereby some people who's faces and hands broke out, and, had experienced temporary blindness from exposure to smoke from poison. So, I would recommend you take precaution to find trees that don't have any poison attached. ........gfp

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