Killing Poison Ivy naturally

One thing that grows very well on our land is Poison Ivy. It grows lush and beautiful on many edges of our lawn, by the garden and it was growing very well by the bottom step of our deck. Thankfully we don't seem to be overly sensitive to it (Mara used to get it a bunch but the last couple of years she has not gotten it much and she is almost always barefoot).

I kept thinking that I needed to figure out how to get rid of it, especially the stuff at the bottom of the stairs, but I hate spraying chemicals around the house and wasn't sure what else to do. I was reading at Keeper of the Home however and came across this post with a very simple and natural recipe. So before our neighborhood BBQ I decided to try it out.

I wish I would have taken a before picture because then you would have seen the super lush and large plants. It had gotten so they were taking over the steps at least 1/2 way across. I poured the recipe (Vinegar, salt and dish soap) over it and sure enough the next day it looked like the above picture. I was pretty happy! At that point I decided to put on gloves and pull out what was left. (I don't think I had coated everything completely as there was still a little green in a couple of places.)

I have decided that natural weed killer certainly works for me!