Can you identify this plant?
I have been clearing a thicket behind my house and have come across a plant that resembles a grape vine growing along the ground and up into bushes and trees. I have been touching this plant with gloved hands, but it has rubbed against my leg and has begun to cause a rash. None of the vegetation killer I have used is working on this plant to include full strength total vegetation killer. It appears that the only way to get rid of it is to cut it down and burn it.
Probably poison oak or poison ivy. Not desirables. Do not breathe in the smoke if you burn it. The oils from the plant cause the rash. BAD PLANT!
It looks like wild grape (vitis riparia) which grows uncontrollably in woodlands, over ground, shrubs, and trees. Although it usually doesn't cause a blistering rash like poison ivy, it can cause itching and skin irritation. The hardest thing is getting rid of it! It takes vigilance and patience because most herbicices work through the leaves but don't affect the seeds that scatter during clean-up.
First, thoroughly spray the plant w/ Round-Up (or another glyphoshate herbicide) until run-off on the leaves. Once the dead leaves and vines are cleared away, thoroughly water again to sprout any seeds in the soil. Once they have leafed out, repeat the treatment. Any woody stems or stumps need to be treated w/ a brush-on vine killer. Keep an eye out for any new sprouts and remove immediately. Eventually you should be able to eradicate it. Hang in there!
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