Is it poison ivy?

Poison-ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) is a native, woody perennial vine found all over Ohio and matter of concern for all home and property owners.  It spreads by seed, creeping roots and stems that root where the contact the soil.  Seeds are also dispersed by birds. Its a fairly common plant for client questions at an Extension Office.  As a plant in nature, it prevents very few problems, is a great source of food for songbirds, and provides beautiful fall color.  The real problem is when it comes into contact with human skin.  All parts of the plant contain resinous compounds called urushiols, which are the oils that cause inflammation of the skin.

Check out these useful videos below or see these Extension fact sheets for more information.


Information source(s):

Uva, R.H., Neal, J.C., and Ditomaso, J.M. (1997). Weeds of the Northeast. Cornell University.

Muskingum Ag Network Breakfast, Tuesday, May 5, 8:00 AM (online webinar)

Join OSU Extension Muskingum County for the Muskingum Ag Network Breakfast on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at 8:00 AM.  OSU Extension will host a webinar featuring brief updates from OSU Extension, Soil and Water Conservation, and USDA Farm Service Office.  Our guest speaker is Stacey Russell with the Muskingum County Library System.  This is an online webinar which can be accessed by clicking this link:

At this time, there is no in-person gathering.  The complete program on May 5 will be held online.  Program starts at 8:00 AM.  Grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and tune in for updates from your local community.

Tune in:

Tuesday, May 5 @ 8:00 AM

Please contact Clifton Martin, Extension Educator, at 740-454-0144 or with any questions.

Soil Sample Testing Resources Still Available

Soil Test for Farm, Lawn, and Garden

One of many services OSU Extension offers in Muskingum County is easy access to soil testing resources.  Our soil test program is based on the resources provided by the Penn State Agricultural Analytical Services Lab, University Park, Pennsylvania. As a part of our service, we provide assistance interpreting results of your soil test.

For years, this service was offered by provided soil testing kits to customers who came into the office.  Today, the current social circumstances put us in a temporary office closure.  What can we do in the meantime? The steps and links below will provide you with the same basic resources.  Be sure to read and follow directions on the sample submission forms closely.

Steps to Follow:

1. Collect Sample(s)

Basic Instructions for Collecting Soil Samples (PSU Extension)

2. Fill out submission form.

These submission forms are pre-filled with an address block so that a copy of the results will automatically be sent to the Muskingum County Extension Office and a copy will be delivered to the address you provide.

Submission Form for Agronomic Crops (individual sample)

Submission Form for Agronomic Crops (multiple samples)

Submission Form for Home Garden, Fruit, Tree, Landscape, Turf, Lawn

3.  Mail sample (Be sure to include payment for the soil sample.)

4. Interpret Results.

If you have questions about your sample results, you may contact the Muskingum County Extension Office at or 740-454-0144.


Muskingum County Soil Sample Page: