Summer Threat to Homes and Gardens
The Appearance of Poison Ivy. Avoid Then Conquer It This Year With These Landscaping Tips
“Leaves of three let them be.” Being exposed to poison ivy is the worst, especially if you are sensitive to its toxic oil. Fortunately there are precautionary steps that can be taken to avoid this dangerous plant. First and most important, make sure you know how to properly identify poison ivy. Know what it looks like and be safe rather than sorry. Poison ivy leaves are shiny and thin. Young leaves are bright green with a hint of red or orange. The edges are jagged and of course they occur in threes. One leaf is at the end of the stem and two other leaves form exactly opposite each other. During early summer, you may see white or green berries or small white flowers around the stem. Look up and down for the feisty leaves. They can be discovered anywhere. An unloved area of your yard is a good place to investigate. The vine, once it has taken hold, can get thick and hairy and grow up a tree or fence, side of a garage or infiltrate another unsuspecting bush.