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How to Get Rid of English Ivy

English Ivy a vine with green leaves that wind itself along the ground and up the trees that can be beautiful, evoking images of quaint English cottages in the countryside. Until it covers up your trees and bushes, eats the mortar from between your bricks, or proceeds to pull the siding from your home.

It’s like you are wondering how to rid of this stuff and replace it with a more garden-friendly plant. The vine endures drought and grows even in the densest and darkest areas.

Collect tools

Collect your ivy removal tools. Use a snipper or two-handled pruning cutter of some sort, a ladder, a saw, a scraping tool, a screwdriver, a shovel or gardening fork, and a glyphosate herbicide if you’re into that sort of thing.

Kill body

You have to kill the body so that the head will die. Ivy is much easier to remove if it has been dead for a while, or if it is the winter season.  Spraying an herbicide on the leaves or on an exposed stem of the vine will kill the plant within a week can also be a best way. You can also saw the ivy plant off near the base. It would be a good idea to do this about a foot above the ground so it is easy to grasp the roots when you start digging them up. You will see the leaves wilting and falling off within a few days. Allow a week or two in the summer for the plant to dry up completely.

Hack away at the ivy

Start hacking away at the ivy. It should be easier to see what you are up against once the plant is dried up and leafless. Remove the smaller stuff first and then carefully pull the main stem away from the wall. Be cautious if the wall has started to deteriorate because the ivy will almost certainly have dug itself in, and you might damage the wall even more while pulling it out. You may also use a sharp scraping tool of some sort to run along the stem to cut the aerial roots as you pull it away. You might also find the leverage provided by a crowbar to be helpful in freeing a stubborn vine.

Getting to the (ivy) root of the problem

Dig up an area using shovel about a foot around the stem of the ivy plant you wish to remove. Look for side shoots or roots. There is new growth coming from the root mass at this point. Be diligent—you will need to get those roots out of there. Shake out the excess dirt and dispose of the root mass appropriately. Fill in your hole, and keep your eye out for any new growth in the future.

Clean the removed ivory

You could burn them, weave a basket out of them, and maybe feed them to a lamb. A wood chipper wouldn’t be a bad idea for getting rid of the evidence. However, rocks might have grown into the roots. Otherwise, check with your area waste disposal engineers. Two options for cleaning up the wall face include scraping and scrubbing with a brush, or a slightly less involved method would be to use a pressure washer. Again, just be careful if the wall has deteriorated, as you will likely do more damage than the ivy would have done.

Pass the Salt

Hot salty water is one way to get rid of English Ivy. Inexpensive since most of have water and salt just lying around the house. Pour boiling salted water over the area where the English Ivy is covering. The mixture of hot water and salt is supposed to break down the waxy film on the leaves and kill the plant.


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