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Outdoor Myths: Fact vs. Fiction

By Caileen  |  Monday, March 28, 2016 |  , ,  |  Leave comment

As winter comes to a close and spring approaches, it's a great time to brush up on your outdoor knowledge! Recently, Backpacker Magazine published an article, "8 Wilderness Rules That are Actually Myths" and guess what itch-inducing plant made the list? Yep! You guessed correctly, poison ivy! So, naturally, as outdoor lovers and the makers of Tecnu® for poison oak and ivy, it was necessary we tag along with Backpacker and debunk these myths!

 

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Is Age a Factor With Poison Ivy?

By Caileen  |  Wednesday, February 24, 2016 |   |  2 comments

Recently, while monitoring blog comments, I stumbled across an interesting two-part question that was submitted to one of our most popular posts, 6 Ways to Get Poison Ivy or Oak Without Touching the Plant. The reader asks, "Are young children more immune to poison ivy and do you have to be particularly sensitive to get a rash second or third hand?" Both equally great questions we are happy to answer!

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Can Poison Ivy "Choke" a Tree?

By Caileen  |  Thursday, January 14, 2016 |  ,  |  Leave comment

As you may know, poison ivy and oak plants can cleverly grow as ground cover, bushes, or vines. However, they are most often found climbing trees (poison ivy, especially). For many gardeners, strictly abiding by the saying, "leaves of 3, let them be," and choosing to allow the vines to climb, is the preferred option. But, others want to know, will allowing the vines to climb the trees eventually "choke" them?

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Pictures of Poison Ivy Rash

As I was perusing through my email the other day, I happened across a new Google Alert for poison ivy.  The subject line was, "Where can I find images of poison ivy rash?" Immediately I thought, "Oi vey! I haven't been doing my job!" This question has been searched in high enough volumes that Google had to alert me! So, here I am, writing this post to make things right. Writing to right. Ha ha (As clever as I'm feeling for that little play on words, I'll just assume you at least gave me a courtesy laugh!).

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Climate Change: More Toxic Poison Ivy

By Caileen  |  Wednesday, December 16, 2015 |  , ,  |  Leave comment

UH OH! Just when we thought poison ivy couldn't get any worse, the climate decides to add its two-cents worth. Over the past couple of years, we've all been subjected to what can only be described as a bi-polar climate, drastically differing from patterns past. Last winter Oregon was no exception as we experienced a remarkably dry season; if you're not familiar with the climate of western Oregon, a dry winter is highly unusual. So what does this mean for plant growth? More specifically, what does this mean for poison ivy (or, poison oak, poison sumac) growth? Quite a bit actually, but the most concerning is the increase in carbon dioxide.

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