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Monthly Archives: May 2012

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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How Far Does Urushiol Travel?

By Caileen  |  Friday, October 16, 2015 |  Not tagged  |  Leave comment

You've heard it from us year after year. Fall after fall. Some may say, at nauseam. DO NOT BURN POISON OAK OR POISON IVY PLANTS. Even if they appear to be dead. Urushiol remains active on the plants at all times, even in the fall and winter when the leaves have dropped. Burning the plants can cause the rash-causing oil, urushiol, to become airborne. If inhaled, urushiol can cause serious injury (swollen/inflamed lungs, swelling of the throat, coughing, blisters, etc.), even death. This is not a matter to be taken lightly.

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Polyethylene Beads

By Caileen  |  Tuesday, October 6, 2015 |  Not tagged  |  Leave comment

Over the past couple of years, as research has been conducted, and a variety of studies published, we along with consumers have learned a great deal about polyethylene beads and their impact on the environment. As many of you know, Tecnu Extreme® Medicated Poison Ivy Scrub currently contains polyethylene beads, also known as microbeads. As our understanding of microbeads and the initiatives to remove them have grown, we are committed to making a change. Many of you have inquired, and we are here to say, the time has come!

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