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December 18, 2018

Ambler eyes goats to combat poison ivy problem in Borough Park

Officials in Ambler may have found a four-legged solution to a growing problem at one borough park.

During the May 7 borough council meeting, Mayor Jeanne Sorg offered a creative solution to combat the spreading poison ivy plants that are growing in a section of Borough Park behind Tennis Avenue along the banks of the Wissahickon Creek — hiring goats to eat them away.

The idea came about after council member Frank DeRuosi offered a status update on the borough’s parks and briefly mentioned the problem as one of a few minor issues that need to be addressed.

“The poison ivy thing is near and dear to my heart,” Sorg said. “Something to think about, I don’t know, because using chemicals is really the best way to get rid of [it], but a lot of people don’t want to use them, especially since we’re talking water here. The next best way is almost to do what Haverford College, and a lot of other institutions have done, which is, basically, hiring a goat herder and goats. Goats absolutely love [the plant]. Humans seem to be the only mammals that are allergic to it, my husband specifically. So I’m just throwing that out there; it’s something to think about.”

“No goats allowed in the park,” joked Borough Manager Mary Aversa. “No, I’m just kidding. What happened was the [Environmental Action Committee] did a project down there and they got this mulch brought in. It was covered in poison ivy. I think they’ve kept a handle on it, but [around] this season it gets really bad.”

The problem, according to one borough employee, was the plants grow too closely to the creek, making it too difficult to bring equipment in to get rid of them.

“People used to go down there to sit by the water,” said council member Sharon McCormick, “but now it’s unusable. The weeds grow nine feet sometimes in some spots. And the only thing that’s cleared is the trail.”

McCormick said the goal of the EAC’s project was to create what’s called a riparian buffer, which according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is a vegetated area near a stream that protects waterways from being disturbed from harmful chemicals and other contaminants. Experts, though, told her it would take a team of about 25 people just to maintain the buffer on a regular basis.

“It’s so overgrown,” she said. “It’s so overgrown that I think a lot of those trees there have died from being strangled. We tried as best we could to help it, but it’s unmanageable and it’s unusable.”

Sorg said about a dozen goats can eat a quarter acre of poison ivy in a couple hours. Continued…

If Ambler were to try the unconventional approach of hiring livestock to act as natural weed mowers, it wouldn’t be the first.

Last summer, Upper Dublin Township hired sheep to eat their way through the overgrown grass and weeds at the detention basin behind the township building. The project cost the township about $300, mainly for a water trough.

Other reports of using sheep as eco-lawnmowers have come in from around the globe including places in Paris and at the Chicago International Airport.

Back in Ambler, Aversa said she’d like to look into companies that could get rid of the plants.

“We’ve even had an issue where we’ve had the guys try to do some work and they get poison ivy really bad,” she said. “Maybe we can look at a company to come in and just try and [get rid of the plants.] … Every time I send them out, I get three guys that get it. It’s bad.”

Sorg said the goats would be fenced in and would need to be sent in a number of times to permanently fix the problem.

“I think we’d have to do a lot of study on it,” Sorg said. “What I was reading was at Haverford, it’s $400 for each time they bring them in.”

Aversa said the borough would look in to it.

Vice President Peter Amento asked about what would happen when the goats “relieve themselves” while they’re out eating the plants.

A number of council members then chimed in laughing by saying “natural fertilizer.”

Follow Eric Devlin on Twitter @Eric_Devlin.

Officials in Ambler may have found a four-legged solution to a growing problem at one borough park.

During the May 7 borough council meeting, Mayor Jeanne Sorg offered a creative solution to combat the spreading poison ivy plants that are growing in a section of Borough Park behind Tennis Avenue along the banks of the Wissahickon Creek — hiring goats to eat them away.

The idea came about after council member Frank DeRuosi offered a status update on the borough’s parks and briefly mentioned the problem as one of a few minor issues that need to be addressed.

“The poison ivy thing is near and dear to my heart,” Sorg said. “Something to think about, I don’t know, because using chemicals is really the best way to get rid of [it], but a lot of people don’t want to use them, especially since we’re talking water here. The next best way is almost to do what Haverford College, and a lot of other institutions have done, which is, basically, hiring a goat herder and goats. Goats absolutely love [the plant]. Humans seem to be the only mammals that are allergic to it, my husband specifically. So I’m just throwing that out there; it’s something to think about.”

“No goats allowed in the park,” joked Borough Manager Mary Aversa. “No, I’m just kidding. What happened was the [Environmental Action Committee] did a project down there and they got this mulch brought in. It was covered in poison ivy. I think they’ve kept a handle on it, but [around] this season it gets really bad.”

The problem, according to one borough employee, was the plants grow too closely to the creek, making it too difficult to bring equipment in to get rid of them.

“People used to go down there to sit by the water,” said council member Sharon McCormick, “but now it’s unusable. The weeds grow nine feet sometimes in some spots. And the only thing that’s cleared is the trail.”

McCormick said the goal of the EAC’s project was to create what’s called a riparian buffer, which according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is a vegetated area near a stream that protects waterways from being disturbed from harmful chemicals and other contaminants. Experts, though, told her it would take a team of about 25 people just to maintain the buffer on a regular basis.

“It’s so overgrown,” she said. “It’s so overgrown that I think a lot of those trees there have died from being strangled. We tried as best we could to help it, but it’s unmanageable and it’s unusable.”

Sorg said about a dozen goats can eat a quarter acre of poison ivy in a couple hours.

If Ambler were to try the unconventional approach of hiring livestock to act as natural weed mowers, it wouldn’t be the first. Last summer, Upper Dublin Township hired sheep to eat their way through the overgrown grass and weeds at the detention basin behind the township building. The project cost the township about $300, mainly for a water trough.

Other reports of using sheep as eco-lawnmowers have come in from around the globe including places in Paris and at the Chicago International Airport.

Back in Ambler, Aversa said she’d like to look into companies that could get rid of the plants.

“We’ve even had an issue where we’ve had the guys try to do some work and they get poison ivy really bad,” she said. “Maybe we can look at a company to come in and just try and [get rid of the plants.] … Every time I send them out, I get three guys that get it. It’s bad.”

Sorg said the goats would be fenced in and would need to be sent in a number of times to permanently fix the problem.

“I think we’d have to do a lot of study on it,” Sorg said. “What I was reading was at Haverford, it’s $400 for each time they bring them in.”

Aversa said the borough would look in to it.

Vice President Peter Amento asked about what would happen when the goats “relieve themselves” while they’re out eating the plants.

A number of council members then chimed in laughing by saying “natural fertilizer.”

Follow Eric Devlin on Twitter @Eric_Devlin.

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Ambler eyes goats to combat poison ivy problem in Borough Park

New Allegra- Anti-Itch Cream Introduced by Sanofi-Chattem for Poison Ivy and Itchy Skin

New Allegra- Anti-Itch Cream Introduced by Sanofi-Chattem for Poison Ivy and Itchy Skin

Allegra Anti-Itch Cooling Relief Cream and Allegra Anti-Itch Intensive Relief Cream are now available in drug, grocery and mass merchandiser stores nationwide. Chattem, Inc., the Consumer Healthcare Division of Sanofi US and the makers of Allegra Allergy, introduced the Anti-Itch Creams to its family of products to help provide itch relief from reactions to skin irritations.

Allegra Anti-Itch Cooling Relief provides fast cooling relief for hot, itchy skin while Allegra Anti-Itch Intensive Relief provides moisturizing relief for itchy skin or dry and irritated skin. Both products provide temporary relief from the pain and itching associated with insect bites, minor skin irritations, sunburn, rashes due to poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac, and minor cuts and scrapes. They also temporarily protect and help relieve chapped or cracked skin.

“We identified an opportunity in the topical anti-itch category and leveraged our experience with Allegra Allergy to introduce a new product for common skin irritations that not only helps stop the itch but also provides a moisturizing benefit,” said John Stroud, Executive Vice President, Marketing, Chattem.

Itchy skin can be triggered by a chemical in a person’s body called histamine. Histamine is a person’s immune system reacting to an irritant, like an insect bite or poison ivy. Allegra Anti-Itch Cream acts as an antihistamine, going beneath the surface of the skin to stop the itch at its source. In addition, the moisturizers and vitamins A, C and E in Allegra Anti-Itch Cream help soothe the skin, and the allantoin protects the skin while it gets back to normal after scratching.

Allegra Anti-Itch Cream is indicated for adults and children ages 2 and up. The suggested retail price is $4.99-$6.99. For additional information on the Allegra family of products, please visit www.allegra.com. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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New Allegra- Anti-Itch Cream Introduced by Sanofi-Chattem for Poison Ivy and Itchy Skin

About Allegra®
Allegra Allergy has been providing allergy sufferers with relief of symptoms from indoor and outdoor allergies for more than 15 years. The Allegra family of products is available without a prescription in drug, grocery, mass merchandiser and club stores nationwide.

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New Allegra- Anti-Itch Cream Introduced by Sanofi-Chattem for Poison Ivy and Itchy Skin

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New Allegra- Anti-Itch Cream Introduced by Sanofi-Chattem for Poison Ivy and Itchy Skin

New Allegra- Anti-Itch Cream Introduced by Sanofi-Chattem for Poison Ivy and Itchy Skin

New Allegra- Anti-Itch Cream Introduced by Sanofi-Chattem for Poison Ivy and Itchy Skin

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