For 10 years Bertha Brown has had a thorn in her side in her Independence Heights neighborhood.

She lived just in front of an overgrown lot where there were vines of poison ivy and poison oak growing.

The 65 year old even found herself hospitalized from exposure to the poison vines after she attempted to maintain the property on her own.

Brown says she’s tried unsuccessfully for the last five years to try and get the city of Houston to cut the property.

For five years Brown says she was ignored until she reached out to FOX 26.

Less than 48 hours after our report aired officials from the City of Houston contacted the new landowner and ordered to cut down the weeds on E. 40th street.

Here you can see the results of a property that is now well manicured!


  1. Gerald James April 17, 2012 6:25 pm 

    Put some “Brush and Vine” Round Up liquid killer in a large pail and hang it near the vine. Then, Carefully (Use Gloves) bend the vine in a “U” shape and put the bottom of the “U” in the pail. Since the vine is still alive, it will soak up the Round Up as if it’s absorbing water. This will allow the Round Up to get to all the roots and the entire Poison Ivy Plant will die. If you chop the vine and then try to kill it, you will only kill part of it and not the roots.

    • Bertha Brown April 18, 2012 3:45 am 

      Thanks Gerald James for the info. it was very helpful….

    • Bertha Brown April 18, 2012 3:48 am 

      Thanks for your helpful information, this would be a good ideal…

  2. Gerald James April 17, 2012 6:28 pm 

    I forgot to mention, this method also assure that you won’t damage surrounding plants. Leave the pail hanging and replenish it if needed. Round Up is expensive but this method also assure that you won’t waste it and there’s no need to mix a higher concentration than recommended as the plant will absorb the entire contents of the pail.

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