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Waxahatchee's 'Ivy Tripp' Is Now Streaming

After making the rounds in Austin two weeks ago for South By Southwest, Katie Crutchfield — more commonly known as Waxahatchee — is now streaming her sweeping new album Ivy Tripp via NPR. It’s the follow-up to 2013’s Cerulean Salt, and comes filled with the sort of introspective tracks we’ve come to expect from Crutchfield, including stunners like “Poison” and “Stale By Noon.” In an interview with SPIN earlier this year, Waxahatchee said that with Ivy Tripp, all she wanted to do was “make music that doesn’t sound like it happened in 2014.” Stream the album here and see if she succeeded.

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Leaves of three, let it be

Leaves of three, let it be

Time to call Poison Ivy Gone

Published Aug 28, 2014 at 9:35 pm
(Updated Aug 28, 2014)

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  • Poison Ivy

  • Poison Ivy Gone workers dig up the plants and remove them.

  • The van says it all.

Things you may not know about poison ivy – but should
Urushiol (u-ROO-she-ol), the culprit in poison ivy, is found in leaves, stems and roots of the plant.
Three out of four people who come in contact with urushiol will develop a rash, an allergic dermatitis.
The first contact with urushiol often does not cause a reaction. However, the immune system goes on the defense and the next contact will result in an allergic reaction.
Skin must come in direct contact with the oil to be affected but it can be spread by contaminated hands, clothing, tools, sporting equipment, etc. The contamination can last for five years. The blister fluid does not spread the rash.
Symptoms, 12-48 hours after exposure: redness, itching, swelling, streaky or patchy rash, red bumps, blisters, sometimes oozing. Typically lasts 5-12 days, 30 days or longer in severe cases.
Medical attention is needed if there is a rash on face, lips, eyes or genitals, severe swelling, difficulty in breathing or a widespread reaction.
Never burn poison ivy. While the oil cannot be inhaled from the plant, burning results in toxic smoke that can cause a serious reaction in the lungs, nasal passages and throat.
Urushiol oil remains in the stems of poison ivy for years after the plant dies.
To prevent infection after contact, shower in cool water as soon as possible. Wash toys and tools in soap and cold water.

You went to sleep fine last night but woke up this morning with blisters and itching skin. Sure, you were weeding yesterday but you had on your garden gloves. So how did you get poison ivy?

According to George Louvis, the marketing director for Poison Ivy Gone, your cloth gloves act like a sponge, absorbing the urushiol oil in poison ivy, increasing the amount of oil that comes in contact with your skin and making your allergic reaction even worse.

Poison Ivy Gone
Oakland, New Jersey
Free estimates available
Business hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Sat. and Sun.

Based in Oakland, Poison Ivy Gone has over 28 years of experience in professionally removing poison ivy in Northern New Jersey but they have also worked in Orange and Rockland counties, Pennsylvania and South Jersey. They service residential and commercial properties as well as others sites, such as country clubs, playgrounds and schools. They are Service Award winners on Angie’s List.

“She comes on like a rose, but everybody knows, she’ll get you in Dutch….”

Louvis reports that poison ivy starts to grow in the spring and he said this year’s weather conditions created the perfect storm.

“It’s a weed, so there’s not much that stops its growth. It’s a vicious and invasive plant and it doesn’t take a lot for it to take over,” he said.

Poison ivy can grow anywhere but usually pops up around the borders of your property or near the house. It roots well in mulch, flower beds and woods, where there is little activity, and tends to shoot off in many directions.

“It’s very aggressive and it spreads in two ways; along the ground, where it gets longer and bigger and then every so often it shoots vertical. That’s when it reproduces and drops seeds. When it starts climbing it’s getting ready to have babies,” he said.

Your dog can take a walk on the wild side in poison ivy and suffer no ill effects, but once you pet your furry friend, who carries the oil on his coat, you’re in trouble. Backyard birds are also culprits in the itchy world of poison ivy. They ingest the berries of the plant and as they do a fly-over they pass the seeds, perfectly encased in their own little sack of fertilizer. No harm intended, but now you are in deep doo-doo and have a good chance of becoming a host property for poison ivy.

“You can look but you’d better not touch….”

Attempting to eliminate poison ivy with a lawn mower or weed whacker only succeeds in spreading the oil on the grass, in the bushes, on your shoes and pant legs. Your tools are also contaminated for the next five years unless they are properly cleaned. And it gets worse.

“When your kids play in the yard the oil is all over the lawn,” Louvis said.

“She’s pretty as a daisy, but look out man, she’s crazy….”

Poison ivy is easiest to identify from April to October. It goes dormant after the fall, but doesn’t die and you can still get a rash in the dead of winter. While the leaves remain is the best time to call Poison Ivy Gone.

“It’s never a do-it-yourself job. Our guys recognize it, figure out where it’s coming from, remove it completely and show you how to keep it from coming back,” Louvis said.

Poison Ivy Gone’s preferred method is to remove it by hand, just beneath ground level, or in the case of significant infestation, by machine.

Sometimes customers prefer the use of an herbicide to protect certain plants from harm. In that case, Poison Ivy Gone technicians use a paint brush to apply the herbicide to the poison ivy leaves, killing off the noxious plant only.

“They are skilled and careful and we are licensed to use herbicides,” Louvis said.

“You’re gonna need an ocean of calamine lotion….”

Poison Ivy Gone technicians know how to protect themselves so they’re not scratching like a hound the minute they mess around with poison ivy.

“The guys are basically in haz-mat suits. They take an oral product and use a cream on their skin. The suits are destroyed afterwards; you can’t re-use anything in this business,” Louvis said.

Poison Ivy Gone removes the poison ivy from the ground then carts it away from your property to a secure location.

And then the Poison Ivy is Gone.

Sources: http://lyricksfreak.com – “Poison Ivy” by the Coasters, 1959; http://www.mayoclinic.org; http://my.clevelandclinic.org;

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Do you recognize this mystery plant?

Poison ivy isn’t “evil.” Neither are spiders or hurricanes.

Some plants do cause problems, of course. Poison ivy is a “problem” plant for humans in that it causes lots of people to break out in allergic reactions, sometimes severely.

Yet poison ivy is in fact a widespread native species, providing wildlife food for a variety of critters. It is a common component of many natural ecosystems and has been here in our landscapes a lot longer than we humans have.

On the other hand, there are some plants that have not been around very long, relatively speaking. These are the weeds.

Some weeds are rather innocuous, rarely causing problems. But then other weeds are ravenously destructive, showing up in our lawns, gardens, agricultural fields, just about anywhere.

The thing we should remember about weeds, whether benign or destructive, is that nearly all of them have been introduced by humans into a previously weed-free environment. You might think of these introduced species as “guests,” sometimes invited intentionally, sometimes not. The problem with guests, of course, is that sometimes they stay too long.

And then there is our mystery plant.

It is a gorgeous herb, capable of producing masses of beautiful foliage. The sheathing, pointed leaves are produced on flimsy, fleshy stems that flop over and make new roots. I’ve seen some of these plants producing brightly variegated leaves, striped with yellow.

Flowering occurs in the autumn, until frost. Usually, a single flower will pop up at the end of a stem or in a leaf axil. Each flower is about half an inch wide, with three white or pink petals. Small pods form afterward, containing little seeds.

This is a species that occurs naturally in much of southern Asia, from India to Korea and Japan. Here’s the scary thing: It is now a common component of wetland systems in North America, and is surely present in every Southeastern state. It is also known now as a weed in Oregon and Washington.

For a number of years, botanists knew of it in the South only from the coastal plain, but more recently it has invaded piedmont and mountain settings. It is notorious for rampant growth, crowding out everything around it, and it is definitely invasive. How did it arrive?

One theory is that seeds of this plant were introduced — accidentally — into South Carolina late in the 17th century, contaminating rice seed. According to this idea, this species remained confined to rice fields of South Carolina, and then elsewhere in the Southeast, until relatively recently, and then for whatever reasons, it has taken on a new and more threatening behavior, easily spreading into new habitats.

Waterfowl, which like to eat the seeds, are implicated in this spread. The stems root with such ease that it is no surprise fragments of the plants could easily start up after being transported somewhere else.

Although it isn’t “evil”, this plant guest has gained a nasty reputation. And it doesn’t look like it

wants to leave any time soon.

John Nelson is the curator of the A. C. Moore Herbarium at the University of South Carolina, in the Department of Biological Sciences. As a public service, the herbarium offers free plant identifications. For more information, visit www.herbarium.org, call 803-777-8196 or email nelson@sc.edu.

Answer: “Nasty-weed,” “Asiatic dew-flower,” Murdannia keisak


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Victoria sees goats as firefighting tool


A South Texas city is looking to continue using goats to eliminate fire hazards by having the animals chomp away at heavy, dense brush.

City officials in Victoria have rented the barnyard animals over the past two months and now are looking to renew their contract with the owners of the goats for work that could continue through the year.

Officials want to remove the flammable brush at Riverside Park to prevent any chance of a brush fire, but they also want to clear land to make the banks of the Guadalupe River more accessible.

The Victoria Advocate reports the city pays $1,200 a week for about 25 goats to chew their way through the brush, which is rife with poison ivy and poison oak.

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Working in the yard? Beware of poison ivy

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By Ed Pfeifer

Published: Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 8:11 p.m.

May 29, 2013

Mowing, trimming, pruning, mulching. The homeowner’s June routine is a sun-dappled foray into the great outdoors and usually one of the most enjoyable times of the year.

Some of us though, after performing our outdoor labor, will begin to itch. We will develop a rash and then we will realize that the low growing vine in the corner of the yard is poison ivy. Uh-oh!

Poison ivy is one of this region’s native vines and although it prefers some areas over others, it may be found just about anywhere there is dirt.

Simply touching it results in the transference of urushiol (u-roo-she-all), an odorless, colorless oil that causes skin irritation in some 85-percent of those who contact it. Urushiol rashes can be brutal, sometimes resulting in blisters and weeks of itching and irritation.

So, what to do? Well our first line of defense against is preventing contact through proper identification.

Since poison ivy can take on the form of a woody vine, a soft vine or even a shrub, and since the leaves can be rounded, toothed or lobed, it may be difficult to recognize.

But its three leaf pattern is its giveaway characteristic. So to be safe, follow the old saying “leaves of three, let it be”.

Great photos of poison ivy are available online and studying those photos is a good idea.

The most effective treatments for killing this annual nuisance are synthetic liquids labeled as poison ivy or tough brush killer.

They normally contain a chemical called glyphosate, which will kill the plant to the root and not have any sterilizing effect on the soil. Never pull or cut poison ivy. The pieces of root left behind will sprout into new plants creating the potential for even more.

Additionally, contacting poison ivy, even with gloves, is not advisable and trimming or mowing will make airborne the dreaded urushiol.

For those of you who like to think you are “immune” to urushiol — and we’ve all heard these folks who say “I don’t get poison ivy” — I would caution you not be so bold.

Increased contact with the stuff will likely decrease your resistance and then one day you will be scratching the rash you thought you would never get. Mother Nature has a way of putting us in our place does she not?

For those of you who do get the rash, there is great news from deep in the Ozark mountains. That’s where a polite man named Charles Baker is cooking up and shipping out batches of his grandmother’s recipe for Poison Ivy Soap.

Poison Ivy Soap is a simple all natural product designed to stop the itch and remove the urushiol from the victim’s skin. It contains a large quantity of jewel weed, a common plant long known for itch neutralizing ability. It really does work and it contains no harsh chemicals or perfumes — desirable qualities all.

It’s true that tending to your home, yard and garden has its hazards and pitfalls. Nobody ever said being a do-it-yourselfer was for wimps. But with a little forethought, poison ivy can be avoided, with a bit of effort it can be destroyed and when all else fails, a bar of soap, laden with some of nature’s own best stuff, can calm its ill effects.

Ed Pfeifer is a freelance writer with Trib Total Media and the owner of Pfeifer Hardware Inc., 300 Marshall Way, Mars. If you have questions, call the store at 724-625-9090.

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