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#1 of 5 Old 06-08-2005, 07:53 PM - Thread Starter
 
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We are looking for land (5 acres or so) in the Sierra Foothills. Thing is that there is A LOT of poison oak on most parcels (we are looking at 2500-3500 ft. elevation). Lots of great pines, oak, madrones, etc live in the same environment. SO, what do we do to get rid of it in the least toxic way?

Has anyone had experience with clearing the po from their property? I don't want to have to worry about the kids every time they go out to play that they are going to get exposed. They are 4 and 2, so it is hard to make sure they understand what to avoid, plus there are places where you simply cannot walk without seeing it every few inches.

Looking for some hope and advice. Otherwise, everything is beautiful and almost perfect here!
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Some people rent herds of goats to come in and eat it. The goat owner will come in and put up an electric fence and move it over a few days to clear it out. Here is an article about it www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/6574462.htm The only other non-chemical way I know of is to suit up and dig it up all up, and don't burn it! After wash with cold water and fells naptha or technu soap to get the oils off your skin, and be really careful washing your clothes.
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poor boiling hot water on the root system..intensive if you have it every where.

work on building up immunity by drinking small bits and increasing dosage. otherwise i dont know.

very pretty area though good luck
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Not at all what you want to hear, but Roundup was all we could find that worked. As far as building up an immunity, I'd be cautious about eating it, and anyway if your kids have friends over then they would be covered with the itches when they went home! When we used roundup we had to do some monster spray jobs, then some touch ups every year for a while after that to make sure it was really gone.

Poison oak is lame, isn't it!

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As far as building up an immunity, I'd be cautious about eating it, and anyway if your kids have friends over then they would be covered with the itches when they went home!


Cara

very good point.
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