Sunday, May 4, 2014

Posionous Plant Remediation

There are a few plants that are toxic to humans, Poison Ivy, Poison Sumac, and Poison Oak. Toxicodendron Radicans have a chemical in them called Urushiol, the oil in the plant that is poisonous to humans. Most animals are immune to this toxin, such as goats, who regularly eat this plant.  Dogs are also immune to this toxin, but can carry the Urushiol Oil on their fur. and transfer it to humans who pet them.  Humans that are sensitive to Urushiol have big problems with the effects of these plants, causing a infectious rash that is contagious if not controlled.  There is a neglected space next to my garden that has become overgrown with these toxic plants, and I feel I need to take action before they encroach upon the garden space.
On the right side of this picture is the East side fence of my garden.  This space is totally infested with Poison Ivy, and there is a Poison Oak tree growing in the middle.  Neglected soil, that is contaminated with industrial chemicals will produce an environment where these poisonous plants can thrive.
This space has been neglected for years.  Its not just Poison Ivy, but all the native Texas weeds like Johnson Grass, Burock, Amaranth. Nutsedge, Dichondria, Dandeloin, ad infinitum...
The Poison Oak Tree is really the stickler for me, rearing its head over my fence.  Last fall it shed it toxic leaves over my garden space, and I was very concerned about it.  I don't want the Poison Ivy contaminating my organic garden.  What if was to accidentally eat it, it might kill me...
Enter Toxicodendron Radicans Remediation Man...  Poison Ivy is a serious threat to organic gardeners.  There is no viable way to chemically eradicate Toxicodendron Radicans , and it must be physically removed manually. This requires adequate protection to prevent a Urushiol infection, and subsequent rash.  You don't want this stuff to touch you at all.  The Coveralls will cover most of your venerable parts.  But you also need thick gloves, eye protection, and thick boots.  Don't take chances with Urushiol, it will Fuck You Up.  I was largely successful with the Ururshiol infection prevention gear that I used today, but only time will tell. I don't feel it, and that is good, I'm not itching...  LOL!
I took the Poison Ivy, and Poison Oak out, and survived, and am not itching, and that is what is important.  But I have to keep after it.  Toxicodendron Radicans is very persistent, and has to be controlled regularly....  This space needs to be maintained regularly...

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