I have read all the info on getting rid of English ivy and the salt, vinegar and soap sound good. My problem is, is that I can get rid of the ivy surrounding my fence but beyond my fence is what is called "common ground" between my house and the house below me and there is a lot of common ground that is completely full of the ivy. Since it is common ground, no one wants to take care of it but it is in my view. What do I do with that much ivy so that it doesn't keep coming onto my property? Do I spray the whole thing or just spray what is surrounding my house? I have a beautiful view of the mountains beyond the common ground but the ivy keeps climbing up the trees and hangs from tree limb to limb and looks terrible. Do I just spray the salt/vinegar solution around the trees so the ivy doesn't grow there anymore or will it hurt the trees (these are big trees) What do I do?
I don't know your situation, I don't have great answers for you, but I just want to say you're on the right track! English Ivy is terrible, I don't see why they still sell it in stores for the gullible. Please hang in there and save your trees! you can use a sharp machete and cut as much as you can, to keep it from having any green leaves. Sooner or later, by preventing it from getting any sunlight on the leaves, the roots will go bankrupt from trying to make more leaves and will die, but it will take years. You have a worthy opponent in that ivy! --Fellow sympathizer. PS: my girlfriend was pulling ivy down from her trees and fell off the ladder, is still in a coma, so be safe!
PS. You might take a look at 'bamboo barrier', and consider installing it to stop the ivy from coming your way. Just put 'bamboo barrier' into your search browser.
Edie, Get together with you neighbors and discuss the English Ivy. Many people don't understand the dangers and problems with this plant. There is a great video made for Ecovisions. Inc. Look them up on the internet. You could have a video party or tea and enlist your neighbors into saving their trees and the trees in the common area.
As for the trees in the common area behind your house use physical labor and cut the vines on the trees and shoulder height and ankle level. Don't pull vines off of trees as you can damage bark. The vines will die (on the trees) and fall off on their own.
In order to keep them off the trees you need to clear the area around the trees in a 6 foot circle. I know this is a lot of work but setting an example may nudge your neighbors to join the fight. Live trees are much nicer to look at than dead ones.
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