Bane as defined by an online dictionary is: 1. fatal injury or ruin 2. a. a cause of harm ruin or death, b. a source of persistent annoyance or exasperation, and 3. a deadly poison. Or in other words, bane equals poison ivy, aka Toxicodendron radicans. In my garden poison ivy is the bane of the entire garden. There is not one single garden that does not have poison ivy happily growing in it. Urgh!
It has not always been poison ivy though. Last year the bane of my garden was oak trees. They self seeded everywhere. This year it is poison ivy. I can pull it, I can spray it, I can cut it, I can mulch it, but still it rears its ugly little head. And I thought I had issues with pulling baby trees, try pulling poison ivy!
I read somewhere that you can pull poison ivy when it is small and it won't cause a rash-usually. Up until this year this was a pretty good bet for me. I'd use my index finger and thumb and quickly pull the poison ivy when it was tiny. No problems with rashes. Oh sure, I'd occasionally get a rash but it was not a big deal. Not so this year. I've had a poison ivy rash from my toes all the way to my neck and everything in between, especially in between if you know what I mean. Time to rethink my philosophy on pulling poison ivy. Hmmm. It has gotten to a point I really dread walking the garden. The poison ivy just continues to sprout no matter how many I pull and it is causing me more and more rashes. What a bane-pain?? Help!
Anyone else having issues with poison ivy? I'd hate to guess why it is so bad here in my garden, but the rain may have helped a bit. Any other ideas? What is the bane of your garden this year? And do you find different weeds do better in some years than others?
in the garden....with a tube of hydrocortisone-a BIG tube.