Residents,

We have recently been advised that there are several areas in our community where Poison Ivy might exist.  We’re providing some basic information here about poison ivy, where it may be located in our community, and other information we think our residents may find useful.  This communication is not intended to be an all-inclusive informational source, and we have provided what we feel may be other reputable sources to obtain additional information.  We do highly encourage residents to do additional research if you have more questions.

Poison Ivy is a typically viney plant indigenous to our area of the country.  It is commonly found in the form of a vine growing on trees and is usually recognizable by three broad, spoon-shaped leaves or leaflets.  A common phrase is “Leaves of three? Let it be”.

Poison ivy affects different people in different ways.  Some people are highly allergic, and others may feel no ill effects.  Removal, therefore, should be done by a professional, if you find any poison ivy on your property.  Even after a vine is removed the oils from the vine can remain on tree or brick surfaces for years, causing irritation even after the vine itself is gone.  Poison ivy should NEVER be burned.  This releases the oils in smoke which can travel great distances, and cause irritation to others that may come into contact with the smoke.

Our Landscaper has treated some areas with a common herbicide to assist in controlling future growth of the plants that have been identified.   Future use of a herbicide will be done on an as needed basis only, and primarily to assist with controlling new growth plants that may be identified.

Some of the existing plants will be removed, while complete removal of others may not be possible.  Caution should be taken around trees in affected areas.

Because Poison Ivy cannot be fully eradicated we strongly encourage residents to become aware of what the plants look like so they can be avoided.

The areas of the community that we have identified the existence of poison ivy are as follows:

  1. The greenbelt bordered by Stephenville on the North, Kingsville on the South, Slidell on the East and Capstone on the West; and
  2. The greenbelt that runs along the creek from the Pool to Hillcrest.

There may be other areas that have not yet been identified, so it is important to educate yourself on what the plant looks like.  We will also place signs along affected areas to identify the possible presence of the Poison Ivy.

If we identify other areas we will update this page in the future, and add additional signage as necessary.

There are two other similar plants to Poison Ivy that can cause similar irritation, those are Poison Oak (similar to the leaf structure of Poison Ivy, but the leaves look like Oak Leaves), and Poison Sumac.

We have not identified any of these plants in the neighborhood at this time, but they are also plants native to this area of the country.

Below we have included photos of each of the plants as a basic reference, as well as a link to WebMD with additional information we feel our residents may find helpful.

If residents have any additional questions they should contact the board.

» read more on Web MD

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