Mowing the Poison Ivy

mowing poison ivy

Mowing poison ivy is a mixed bag:

It is good to mow it since that will keep it in check. Without leaves it can't survive, so it won't invade your lawn.

On the other hand, mowing poison ivy turns it into a soup that can ruin your summer. Consider that the pulverized leaves, stems, and sap come shooting out of your lawn mower at high speed. If they hit your bare legs, or those of your friends and family, then consider this summer history and get ready for misery.

What recommend it to make sure the mower is spewing the cut stuff INTO the ivy, not out towards the lawn. With each pass, you can push the goop further away from the lawn.

Of course, the cut stuff that falls on the lawn CAN cause the rash, and if you go to sharpen your lawnmower blade while the blade is covered with poison ivy juice, that is asking for trouble as well.

If you think think there is still poison ivy juice and cuttings under your mower, spray it out with lots and lots of garden hose, then rinse it out with bleach, followed by more water.

Then wear gloves when you go to mess with the blade.