Poison ivy bushes as tall as 5 feet pose an itchy impediment to enjoying the Charles River Pathway.
The conservation commission will hold a public hearing on wiping out poison ivy in town on Wednesday, June 6, in the Lower Hearing Room of the Town Hall.There’s a reason why poison ivy comes with the known rhyme, “Leaves of three, let it be.”
In Watertown, it may be best to get rid of them altogether.
While walking down Greenough Boulevard from his job at the Arsenal, Gardiner Morse said the ivy’s existence along the river is not a pretty sight, with patches of 5-foot-tall bushes of the itchy plant along the public path.
After notifying the town about his discovery, he is at ease knowing that something is being done about it.
“What struck me is that they’re huge,” he said about the amount of poisonous plants latched on to the river path’s fence. “A lot of people don’t recognize that it’s poison ivy.”
But the town is keen on how to tackle the skin-irritant issue.
On June 6, a Conservation Commission meeting will be held to discuss using herbicides and other vegetation-control methods along the Charles River Pathway.
Northern Tree Services, for the Department of Conservation and Recreation, has applied for the job, said Conservation Clerk Daphne Collins.
The process will involve technology using low-pressure and volume application, and will selectively target vegetation that directly poses public safety hazards, namely poison ivy, noxious weeds, along with weeds obscuring guardrails, signs and other infrastructure in town.
The applicant will be before the commission to present how they plan to tame the wild plants along the river.
If approved, grass and weed elimination could begin as early as June and July. Herbicides for poison ivy and other toxic plants would be used between August and September, said Collins.