Poison Ivy is not something most people want to think about as the weather starts getting nice but it should be. Spring is the season of renewal when all the flowers and plants start popping that means poison ivy too.
Identification is the most important way to avoid a nasty rash. Poison ivy is a vine commonly seen growing up the trunks of trees but it also grows among the hedges and flower beds. In the spring when the leaves are just emerging they are a shiny red and green. The leaves are always in a group of three growing off a common stem. Later in the spring the leaves, still in groups of three, become all green but still have a shiny appearance.