Alder Burns wrote:I agree with the idea of tackling an area this size with cardboard plus a cover mulch, but would add two more suggestions...1. Flatten or press to the ground, rather than cut, as much of the stuff as you can. I have done this with a 55 gallon barrel, either empty or partially filled with something for extra weight. This is because the new sprouts that will come up from the roots of some things will have sharp spiky points that can poke up through the layers. The coarse grasses are particularly likely to do this. But if you press the stuff down the old growing points will often continue to grow along sideways under there till they die out. If you can gather the materials on site and can accomplish the flattening/cutting and layering it on fairly quickly, I would actually wait till during the growing season when everything is growing actively and you will get better control. Provided you handle the barrel with gloves, this should give you less contact with the poison ivy than any kind of hand-chopping. 2. For the areas with the worst stump, especially those not flush with the ground or stuff that won't flatten easily, consider getting some big pieces of scrap carpet and lay these down on it, in overlapping layers. Leave them for a year or two, and then move on to the next section. This stuff won't break down nearly as fast as cardboard and so will continue to smother the stuff for as long as you leave it there.
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