How To Tell if Your Yard Has Poison Ivy?


Poison Ivy is one of the most common weeds found in many yards. It is also one of the most voracious weeds found.
It can leave you with a painfully itchy weeping rash that can spread. If you see it you want to keep your distance.
Recently I read an article that Poison Ivy is not only growing faster than it used to but also growing increasingly more toxic.
The information was presented by Dr. Lewis Ziska (Plant Physiologist, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture)

Many of us were taught that little warning rhyme “leaves of three stay away from me”. Wait clover has 3 leaves?
Some other plants have 3 leaves also. Lets find out what it really looks like and while we are at it lets look at some other
rash inducing weeds to be watchful for too.

First Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy
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Poison Sumac
Poison Sumac

Poison Oak
Shiny Poison Oak

Okay so now you know what they look like. From one homeowner to another I really hope this helps you to avoid a painful itchy rash.

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Make a Jewelry or Tie Organizer

Just in time for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. You can make a jewelry or tie organizer, hat holder, kitchen hooks.

Tools you will most likely need:
A drill to drill holes in the the base
Saw to trim board or clubs, good quality glue.
A piece of nice trim or an old board,
Some old drawer pulls or some old spoons
old golf clubs, Golf tees, this list could go on forever so
Whatever you want to use for your particular taste
Take a look below and see what I mean.

Whatever you decide to make be creative and have fun.

necklace organizer
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Kitchen hooks
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Make a rack or organizer for Mothers Day or Fathers Day from ourhometips

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How to pressure wash your deck

The weather is warmer and perhaps you would like to have people over for a cookout. However the deck needs a good cleaning.

Here is what you will need.

1. A good size broom

2. A deck brush

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how to clean your deck from ourhometips

3. A sprayer bottle

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deck cleaner on how to clean your deck from ourhometips

4. a cleaning agent

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how to clean your deck from ourhometips

5. Hose long enough to get to the area you intend to wash and fuel for your pressure washer if gas powered.

6. A Pressure washer they can be rented if you don’t have one make sure you understand its operation before leaving the store.

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Firstly you need to move any deck furniture or other items off the deck. Give the deck a good sweeping with your large broom. Then mix your cleaning agent according to the directions into your spray bottle. Apply to the deck paying extra attention to any particularly dirty areas go ahead and give those a little extra soap. If you can, have someone else follow you with the deck scrub brush and scrub after you apply cleaning solution. If you are working solo spray a small area stop then scrub and repeat as you don’t want the soap to dry before you get to scrub it.

Time to hook up your pressure washer. Keep the kids and pets away. High pressure water can cut skin. If this makes you nervous there is no shame in hiring someone to pressure wash for you. If you are fine with the risks. Here are a few more tips from me. I like to work from top down, also from nearest the house to furthest away so that I am spraying dirt down and away from the house as much as possible. I have taken some video so you can watch. The goal is to try to get smooth even lightly overlapping strokes. Do not keep it too long in one spot as the high pressure can leave marks in the wood. Pay attention, take your time and good luck.


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