Getting Rid of Ivy

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September 12, 2019

I have ivy growing all over part of my garden. How can I get rid of it quickly and safely as that part of the garden is used by my dog.

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September 12, 20190 found this helpful

Manual Removal- is the best way! Get in there cut and pull away.Note-these are very strong vines,once cut it needs to be discarded if possible through trash pic up.There are chemicals to use,but not around pets!

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September 12, 20190 found this helpful

You will have to dig it out using a screwdriver.

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September 13, 20190 found this helpful

Thanks for the tip, will try and dig out the roots

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September 13, 20190 found this helpful

I agree....manual pulling is the best. We get it around the foundation of the house and I find that if I follow the trails to the root, and pull it all out by hand--careful to get the clump at the end, it has the best chance of staying away.

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It will not happen the first time you pull it all out...as it's roots are deep and even when you get the root clump it seems like there is some left. Usually after the second or third time it will stay away.

I have one stubborn patch on the corner and I am on time 4 of pulling. I am hoping 4th time will be the charm!

It does help after each time to take a hoe or an ice pick even and dig up and rake over the area looking for root clumps.

Good luck!! PS, I have made wreathes with the ivy strands...they look really nice and last a few days...I just make a circle, and weave the thick strands around until I have a pretty shape. I have had them last a week before I toss them!! I hate wasting anything :)

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September 14, 20190 found this helpful

Looks like you ahve a lot of work ahead of you. The best way to do this is by hand with a pick and shovel to dig out the roots. If you are looking for a fast way to do this you can try to mix some white vinegar in water and dump it on the roots of the plants.

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Vinegar is a great way to kill roots but they can come back if you don't dig them up.

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May 2, 2010

I have a large wooded lot with lots of ivy and would appreciate it if someone could suggest a herbicide that would kill the ivy? Thanks.
Bob

Hardiness Zone: 7b

By boblink1

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May 3, 20100 found this helpful

Herbicides and pesticides now have an established link to neuromuscular diseases such as Parkinsons, so I can't recommend any; how about a goat? Maybe you can rent or borrow one.

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May 3, 20100 found this helpful

Round up should do the job, go by directions, good luck.

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May 6, 20100 found this helpful

Total Vegetation Killer. This is made by Ortho, Inc. You can get this product at Lowe's, Home Depot, Southern States and most gardening centers. It is the best stuff I have ever used and I've used it for ridding large amts. of English Ivy which had begun to encroach my gardens. I buy the bottle of concentrated liquid and mix it stronger than the bottle recommendations.

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It will kill the ivy and any plantings the product comes in contact with.

I use the above product in a gravel driveway too to stop weeds, etc. and it works great. I always wear gloves and protective goggles when spraying any type of pesticides/herbicides. This stuff works and is worth the cost. Good luck!

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How can I get rid of Algerian Ivy (Hedera canariensis)? It has invaded my hedge so I can't get at the roots. Is there anything I can spray the runners with? I'm afraid to try Round Up as the roots of the ivy are probably very well entwined with the roots of the hedge. Replacing the hedge is not an option as it would take many years to grow another one to 8 feet tall.

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Hardiness Zone: 9a

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