Is still foul foliage…
Where did summer disappear to, and how can it be possible that
fall is already here? We're just as shocked as you are! We
certainly hope you took advantage of the beautiful summer months,
and lived your life outdoors to your heart's content! Although we
dearly love summer, the fall months do offer an un-matched beauty
all their own. As leaves of the various trees that line your
streets begin to turn color, so do the leaves of poison oak, ivy,
& sumac. It's important that you recognize the plants after
their color change, and exercise caution when cleaning up leaves
and yard debris this fall. For your viewing pleasure, and
reference, we've created a collage of poison oak, ivy, and sumac
plants in fall dress (located on the right-hand side of your
screen). Assuming you've taken the time to study the fall colors of
these noxious plants, let's move on to fall yard tips!
Poison oak, ivy, & sumac yard
- Wear long sleeves and gloves when cleaning up around the
- When pulling poison oak, ivy, or sumac plants from the ground,
wrap plastics bags around the plants first before pulling them. Old
grocery bags work great (reduce, reuse, recycle)!
- If you'd rather spray to kill your plants, head to your local
home/garden store and ask an employee for their recommendation of a
plant killer specifically for poison oak, ivy, and sumac.
- For good measure, wash up with Tecnu or Tecnu Extreme to
be sure you've removed any urushiol you may have come into contact
Other non-poison oak/ivy related yard
- Start a compost pile so it will be ready in time for
- Prune dead branches on trees and bushes, but save the rest of
your pruning for Spring!
- Till the soil in your garden.
- Add mulch to protect perennials from cold winter frost!
You never know what may be lurking in your yard, so be prepared
as you set out to ready your lawns & gardens for fall and
winter. It pays to be careful. Trust us on this one!