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What can we do about poison ivy in a Euonymus bed?


In our front yard landscaping, we have a large bed of Euonymus with 3 redbud trees. We treat the Euonymus yearly for scale in a small area, which keeps the whole bed healthy. I noticed the other day that we have a number of baby vines of poison Ivy growing within this bed. We have used Round up in the past to kill Poison Ivy that was growing by itself. What can we do? We don't want to kill the Euonymus. - Michele


You can still us regular Roundup (Glyphosate), but, as you already know, you need to keep it off the Euonymous leaves. In this case, it is best to paint the glyphosate onto each individual poison ivy plant by hand. You can use a small paint brush or a foam applicator. Tedious, yes, but this is probably easier than digging out each plant by hand. Good luck. Carole-Johnson County Extension Master Gardener