How to identify and avoid poison ivy

How to identify and avoid poison ivy

“There are a ton of plants with three leaves, so just going on that alone will get you confused very quickly.” – Mike LaFollette

As colder weather gives way to warm, sunny days, you may find yourself itching to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. However, before you venture out, you’ll want to learn about how to avoid one of nature’s most painful plants – poison ivy.

Where does poison ivy live? How can you tell it apart from other similar-looking plants? What should you do if you come in contact with it? Is there any real relief from the itch?

We discuss all of these questions and more with Angie’s List senior editor and resident lawn and landscaping expert Mike LaFollette. Listen in as he shares tips, advice and a story about his own run in with poison ivy. 

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Additional Resources:

Poison ivy: How to avoid the rash

Spring lawn and landscaping tips for a beautiful yard

Summer Safety Tips: Dealing with a poison ivy rash


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