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How to Get Rid of an Ivy Garden

The name ivy itself is applied generally to any trailing or climbing plant. They are often seen in cultivated forms. Most often than not, they are intended to be decorations for your wall or other parts of your garden. They can look very attractive but once they go out of hand, they could be a real problem. If they left un-groomed, they look messy and they can damage your beautiful brick work. Worse, they can harm trees and nearby plants.

Many gardeners and home owners find ivies as a nuisance.  Not only they accumulate dust and pollens that can be a problem for kids but they can also be a place where rodents and insects can shelter themselves. So I can’t blame you for wanting to get rid of you ivies. Heads up, this is going to be a lot of work and patience. But after all the work, you will see a rewarding ivy free surrounding.

Cut it down

This method might take longer than expected but it’s effective. Make sure that you cut the ivy to ground level. That way, you can get rid of all the foliage. Using a durable strimmer or you can even use a pair of good old garden shears. After cutting down the ivies, you will notice that they will start to grow again sometime in spring time. All you have to do is to keep on cutting new leaves that you can see—all of it. In the long run, the roots will gone dry and starve and eventually die out.


Despite the fact that an Ivy garden can seem beautiful, it often becomes unmanageable, and when it does, it can appear disheveled, can destroy brick work, and ruin trees. Ivies fancy breeding on wall fissures and gaps. Wall ivies can break through solid walls, wood or concrete, and compromise the structural integrity of your property.

You can heave the vicious plant out yourself after slashing the vines. But be cautious in tarnishing portions of the wall for they may also get tugged out while you attempt to drag the ivies. Under such circumstances, you should initially nip the ivy off the surface to reduce the probable danger of damaging your walls. Fret no more with regards to the tiny roots that are left wedged onto the wall since they’ll ultimately die and drop down in due time.

Use of chemicals

A weed killer that has Glyphosate is the best herbicide to use. Keep in mind that ivies have glossy leaves that may result them to resist to the herbicide’s effect. However, if you spray it on new foliage, it will really serve its purpose. When trying this kind of method, you have to be patient as this may take a couple of weeks before you can actually see any changes. This is how Glyphosate works—it works its way through the plant after spraying on the new foliage. Also, if you can cut some of the roots, you can spray some of the herbicide on that as well. That can also help make the ivy grow weaker.

Pack and dry

Never put the ivy together with the composite pile. It would just spread and make more ivy plants. There are two ways on how to dispose them. If you have a nearby recycling service center, it is better to pack them into separate cans or disposal totes. They will be the one who will dispose the ivy properly. On the other hand, if there is no recycling service available, you can dispose them yourself. First you have to pack them into black plastic bags. After which, you have to seal the tightly. Next thing is you should place them in spots where they are exposed to full sunlight. This will eventually dry them up and kill them completely.

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