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Disposing of poison oak

 
Bryan Wright
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We've got a large pile of poison oak that we just pulled in the goats area. I know goats eat it, and we can avoid rashes by washing ourselves well, but with our little boys and guests coming around we wanted to remove it. I'm sure we'll have to deal with it again when it starts coming up again, but we've got it pretty well out for now.
There's is plenty of talk about how to kill poison oak, but not so much about how to dispose of it. Burning is obviously a no go. Burying it deep is a lot of work. Feeding it to the goats works, but it gets all over them, then it gets on us.

I'm thinking of making a 4' diameter composter out of left over field fence and trying to compost it. Is there any danger with composting poison oak??

If I did want to feed the goats, I'm thinking I could chop up the poison oak and put it in a keyhole feeder for them. This would limit exposure to their heads, but in truth, it could still spread from there.

Thoughts?
 
duane hennon
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hi Bryan,

welcome to permies

you might think about hugelculture

putting it in the bottom of the bed (burying it deep) would get rid of it
and at the same time turn your effort into something positive

I would make sure it pretty dead so it won't try and resprout
there is an entire forum on hugelculture
good luck
 
Bryan Wright
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Brilliant! Thanks!

I've been wanting to build a hugelkultur bed any way, so this is good. I'll stash the poison oak somewhere out of the way to dry out until I'm ready to build the bed.

Thanks again.
 
I agree. Here's the link: http://stoves2.com
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