1. Guesstimates - The root system is the mystery, which is why it's a "guesstimate" and not an estimate. I usually won't need to go to the property because what you can see above ground is what I would see. There are indicators above ground that you can describe over the phone to me. [203-736-0664] Answering the questions I ask will help me determine what difficulties the root system will present, once we dig in. In this way I can help you with a 'ball-park" figure.
2. Eradication - Eradicating poison ivy roots, runners and climbers (climbers under 2-inch in diameter) by digging the plant's entire root system out using a double set of gloves, a trowel, a shovel and pulling vines off the tree.
3. Tree Root Specialist - Where an old poison ivy climber has developed over many years, its particularly thick main roots are dug out (two-inch diameter or thicker) around the base of a tree and the climber is pulled off the tree as high as can be done with the assistance of a ladder.
4. Tree Climbing Specialist - A worker who climbs a tree to remove the vines that cannot be taken down from standing on the ground or on a ladder. This tree specialist can also remove the most humongous of vines that literally cannot be pulled off by human strength alone but require a winch on the back of a pickup truck.
5. Ripping - Ripping out poison ivy without the use of tools. By hand, pulling out as much of the root as possible. This is not a coomplete eradication since some roots may still remain in the ground. This quicker method is for clearing out a larger area of poison ivy in a shorter period of time. A 2nd visit is recommended to dig out all the roots.
6. Stone Walls - eradicating the roots from out, under and in-between stones in walls sometimes calls for relocating stones and putting them back or, considering the situation, moving the stone wall laterally by some number of feet.
7. Poison Ivy Documentary -On YouTub
On YouTube: an hour-long Poison Ivy Documentary for Do-It-Yourselfers. This video includes the best poison ivy identification lesson on the web and a Protection Protocol for Do-It-Yourselfers!
Poison Ivy Documentary
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P. Ivy Identification:
8 minutes + 30 seconds into video
P. Ivy Look-A-Likes:
21 min + 15 sec
Techniques for Digging it out:
25 min + 50 sec
Dressing & Undressing Safely:
40 min + 15 sec
Watching this video is helpful prior to participating in any of The Gloved Hand Trainings or Workshops below.
8. Non-professional Training -
Individuals (1 or up to 3 at a time) learn the Poison Ivy Eradication and Protection Protocol, a common sense procedure developed by "The Gloved Hand" for safety from the ivy's oil/resin while working with the plant. A trainee(s) is brought up to speed on this protocol in one session. Time is spent working directly with the poison ivy plant (wearing gloves of course!) while avoiding contamination. Viewing the Poison Ivy Documentary is recommended prior to the training.
A 2nd, non-consecutive day of working with The Gloved Hand trainer
brings an individual confidence within this routine that concerns their safety.
9. Professional Training - A one-to-one professional training for an individual to bring back to their current company, go into the business of poison ivy removal for oneself, or to become a sub-contractor for "The Gloved Hand." This 6-hour training is divided into 3-hour sessions, each one on a separate day. Time will be spent handling and working with the poison ivy plant each day (wearing gloves).
10. Laboratory Workshop - Train groups in a fun and interactive way, incorporating three learning styles: watching, doing and verbally observing others practicing the protocol developed by "The Gloved Hand." These procedures are to keep everyone safe from exposure to the ivy's oil/resin, urushiol.
This training takes place indoors in a laboratory-like setting and does not include any contact with poison ivy.
If a group wishes to continue gaining experience by working hands-on with poison ivy under the guidance of "The Gloved Hand," then taking the following "In-the-Field Workshop" will fill out the training experience.
11. In-the-Field Workshop -
Pre-requisite: "Laboratory Workshop"
This workshop takes place on premises where there is poison ivy available for those in the workshop to try their hand at digging it out. Continuing the interaction of watching, doing, and verbalizing started in the Laboratory Workshop, "The Gloved Hand" will provide digging techniques and ongoing guidance to avoid the invisible culprit, urushiol, in all situations. (Note: bathroom breaks are before exposure to, or after cleanup from, the urushiol.)