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Posted by Rona Fischman July 1, 2011 01:43 PM

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“Leaves of three, let it be” is the reminder phrase about poison ivy. My client, M, is a gardener. She is also exceptionally sensitive to the oil that causes the poison ivy rash. She’s gotten very good at spotting it. Over the course of our house-hunting together, I have gotten much more familiar with the stuff.

Poison ivy is all over the place. It does better in wetter weather conditions, so this year it is having a field day. It needs some sun, but it loves fields, riverbeds and the edges of lawns and flowerbeds.

When you were house hunting, did you look for poison ivy in your flowerbeds? In many towns where I work, I see it -- thanks to M -- in the flowerbeds and in woodsy areas. I get the feeling that most people don’t know it is there until it is too late. What’s your experience with poison ivy and its fellow rash-making plants, poison oak and poison sumac?

If you are looking at a plant and you don’t know if it is one that will make you scratch red, there are sites http://poisonivy.aesir.com/view/picqna.html where you can get advice. If you are going to go after poison ivy on your own, use the precautions recommended by GrowingWisdom.com. When I watched his video, I kind of wondered if he should have had long sleeves on, I would! He’s got some great pictures of the various ways the plant may look.

As we take to the great outdoors this summer, be aware that poison ivy seems to be getting more common and its oils stronger. So even if you didn’t react to it as a kid, you might now. Know how to care for a poison ivy rash.

Wishing you a great summer. Happy Fourth of July. May poison ivy never grow on your property.

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