My husband and I just moved into a house in Seagoville, TX, and the prior owners had not cleaned any of the weeds and brush around the house for several years. My husband went out and hacked away bushes and cleared out about 6-8 inches of leaves, dead branches and decomposing growth. He found large bushes of poison oak, with thick stems, along with roots that seem to be everywhere! He rented a roto-tiller, and turned the dirt so he could plant grass, and now there seems to be little plants coming up. We want to plant a garden too around the fences, but first need to find a way to rid the yard of poison oak and other weeds, without hurting the new lawn that is starting to come up. My husband is highly allergic to the poison oak, and suffered for a month after clearing the weeds. WE NEED HELP!!!
Joined: Tue Mar 18, 2003 3:45 pm Posts: 2884 Location: San Antonio,TEXAS
Are goats a possibility? Maybe not, you didn't mention buying a farm, you mentioned a house.
If the poison oaks are cut to the ground, just watch them for regrowth. If you get some, spray the new growth with vinegar, the stronger the better. Pick a hot day for best results.
I use a 20% acidity vinegar. Grocery store vinegars are 5% acidity. This strong stuff is bad for your skin and will blind you if it gets into your eyes, but it sure knocks out the weeds in a hurry. To a gallon of vinegar I put in a couple ounces of orange oil and some liquid dish soap. Then I spray it full strength as a non-selective herbicide. Watch out for overspray on your other plants.
Anyway, every time you see new growth from the poison oak, spray it. By the way you cannot store the vinegar in a sprayer with metal parts. It will corrode them.
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