Poison Oak plants are often stubborn and very well established with large root systems making successful removal difficult. In California, poison oak is a very common plant which affects the use of many lots and estates.
The removal of Poison Oak should be left to our experts at San Jose Tree Services. Poison Oak removal is an extremely difficult process due to the effects that Poison Oak may have on a person that comes in contact with this potentially dangerous plant. Removing Poison Oak one’s self may result in a variety of exposure symptoms if the oils from the leaves make contact with the skin from a small rash to a full anaphalaxous reaction requiring immediate medical attention.
By understanding the growth patterns and biological tendencies of the plant, we have developed a system that is been very effective in the eradication of poison oak. Because the plant has rhizomes running underneath the soil, simply cutting the plant to the ground level only invigorates the growth.
The first step, if possible, is treating the plant parts with an herbicide. This can be applied to the foliage and to the wood. This kills the plant so that it can be removed without re-sprouting.
The second step is removal. This is accomplished ideally 1-2 months after the herbicide treatment. With heavy duty machinery, such as tractors, with hand pulling and hand tools as well the plant can be removed. The roots should also be removed to ensure that the plant would not return in the future.
Even after the plant has completely died it still carries the urushiol that causes the unpleasant rash. In many cases herbicide treatment is not possible because of nearby water ways, plants, or organic gardens. In situations such as this, complete removal is the only viable option. Removing the entire plant above and beneath the ground is the only way of completely eradicating it. It usually requires at least two visits to complete this process, but most of it will not return after the initial removal. Ongoing monitoring is suggested thereafter to address small specimens which may be started by wind-blown seeds.
Timing is very important for success. The optimal time is in the summer months because the plants are stressed for water, and the seeds have not yet dropped. But we invite you to contact us any time of year if the issue is pressing or of a time-sensitive nature. Our staff is experienced in handling any poison oak situation by providing expert recommendations on procedure, quality service, and the most thorough work available.