Dangerous Weeds

Submitted on May 29, 2019

Hogweed, Wild Parsnip, Poison Ivy, Poison Oak

Weed control is no joke, especially when it comes to eliminating dangerous weeds such as Hogweed, Wild Parsnip, Poison Ivy and Poison Oak. There’s no saying whether any of these weeds are present in your community, but if they are, steer clear! If you notice any of these toxic plants on your lawn, contact Weed Man immediately for a free lawn analysis. 


Hogweed – the extremely toxic, yet beautiful weed…

Hogweed is a very invasive weed and just as dangerous. It is said that the toxic plant will burn your skin if contact is made, which is surprising considering how pretty this noxious weed can be. It can also cause long-term problems, such as blindness if it comes in contact with a person’s eye, as well as long-term sensitivity to sunlight. Hogweed can grow to be around 14 feet and it grows large clusters of white flowers. Doesn’t sound too intimidating, does it? If you come in contact with Hogweed, immediately wash your hands or body with cold water and soap, get out of the sun and apply sunscreen to any affected areas. If a severe reaction persists, consult your family doctor. 

Wild Parsnip – don’t let it spoil your summer…

Poisonous plants, such as Wild Parsnip, can look harmless but come with severe repercussions if you get your hands on them. Like Hogweed, Wild Parsnip can leave your skin burnt and blistered if you come in contact with it. This nasty weed grows to be about 4 feet high at full maturity. The leaves of this toxic plant are made up of egg-shaped leaflets and contain broad, yellow flower clusters that are about 2-6 inches wide. They are most prevalent in the summer months, so beware!

Poison Ivy – common, but dangerous…

Poison Ivy has been a talked-about danger for decades. This common, yet dangerous weed is known for causing skin to itch and sometimes develop painful rashes if touched.  There are different species of Poison Ivy, so there isn’t one type of appearance to watch out for, but most will contain three almond-shaped leaves, which can either be light green, dark green, red, orange or yellow, depending on the season. If you come in contact with Poison Ivy, immediately wash your skin with soap and cold water or even rubbing alcohol, to help prevent a reaction.

Poison Oak – steer clear…

Poison Oak and Poison Ivy are often thought to be similar, but each weed has its own identity. Poison Oak typically grows to be about 6 feet tall and resides in shady areas, growing like a climbing vine. Similar to Poison Ivy, the leaves usually have three leaflets, but can house up to 9 leaflets, each one about 4 inches long. Leaves can be red or green and small white, yellow or green flowers can also be present. If you react severely to this plant, it could be life-threatening. If you come in contact with Poison Oak and experience difficulty breathing, nausea, facial swelling or any other extreme symptoms, seek immediate medical attention.


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