Eric Giordano wrote:An area where I would like to create a nature path on my property is currently overrun with poison IVY. I had an idea for a solution and need some advice.
My idea: Sheet mulch the entire path with a corrugated cardboard roll at about a 9' width. Wood chips go in the middle 3' to create the path. Compost and organic mulch go on the 3' wide strip on either side of the wood chip path.
I'd like to plant these side strips with plants that will out-compete the poison ivy, effectively creating a living barrier preventing the poison ivy from coming near the path. The path might be quite long (1500-2000 ft) so ideally, it would be something I could seed that would colonize these strips. Maybe there are a few plants I could use so there is some variety? Maybe a few larger plants could be planted along the strips as well for interest.
What do you think? Will this work? What plants should I use?
Deb Stephens wrote:This seems like an awful lot of work to get rid of something that is native, beautiful in autumn (the early English explorers took it back with them to grow just for the autumnal foliage colors) and even beneficial if you learn to look at it in a different light.
J Davis wrote:
Or wait until winter when sap is down, and pull as much as you can and then apply cardboard.