I never saw poison ivy in my yard until a few years ago. I guess I didn’t get it all pulled out, because I’ve seen it around ever since. We had some mild winters when it wasn’t killed by the cold.
I’m not susceptible to it – so far – but I know you can develop a sensitivity at any time, so I treat it with caution. I wondered if I could tag it and safely pull it out once it went dormant for the winter.
Is There a Safe Season for Poison Ivy?
Alas, no. This vine has more tenacity than Kimye. Not only is the toxin (urushiol) present in every last fiber of the plant, from the roots to the tips of the leaves, it can even remain on the bark of the tree it latches onto.
So if you were waiting for a frost before you rip your vines out, keep the gloves handy. Certainly get it out of there before the berries form. The birds love them and will plant vines all over your lawn.