I have this thick leaf and stem vine that gets hairy and woody, lopping shears hardly cut it. Leaves look like a euonymus but longer and narrower. I did not wear gloves so I have itchy spots and bumpy skin between my fingers. How can I kill this plant? The roots are too deep to dig out.
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Sounds like you came across some poison ivy. They have thick, woody and hairy vine growth. It could also be one of the plant's kissing cousins, poison oak or sumac.
Both glyphosate herbicides (Roundup) or triclopyr herbicides (Brush-B-Gon) are good poison ivy killers. Apply the herbicide to the leaves of the plant and the fresh cuts in the vine. It will regrow as even the most powerful herbicide will not kill all of the roots, BUT as the plant regrows, spray the herbicide on any new growth. Even the strongest herbicides must be applied several times before being able to fully eradicate poison ivy or their cousins.