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How to Get Rid of Ivy

English ivy is a family of around 20 species of evergreen plants and, depending on their surroundings, can be both ground-creeping or climbing nearby trees, rocks, fences and pretty much anything else they can get wrap their stems around. While it can be a popular choice for many gardeners and landscapers, for others, it can be the thorn in their sides.

Ivy can potentially attach to and damage your property, and can also be harmful to children and pets, causing allergic skin reactions from mere touch – and even vomiting if ingested. To ensure you can avoid all of these problems in your garden, the team at Barnard Fencing have put together an article on how to remove ivy from your property.

What you’ll need

In order to go toe to toe with the ivy that’s plaguing your garden, your not going to want to head out in shorts. Before you start the removal process, make sure that you’ve got the items listed below:

  • Rubber gardening gloves.
  • Gardening shears.
  • A pruning saw for thicker ivy vines.
  • A spray bottle.
  • Glyphosate weed killer.
  • Long sleeves and trousers.

Kill ground covering ivy

  1. Firstly, you need to locate each of the plant’s base roots. If you can, mark them too.
  2. Before cutting, assess how much of the ivy you’d like to remove in this sitting. We suggest leaving around one or two feet of ivy untreated.
  3. Begin to cut the ivy in patterns. As you do so, pull out each section of ivy so it can be disposed of.
  4. Pile up all of the ivy cuttings and dispose of them properly.
  5. Spray the freshly cut stems with the glyphosate weed killer.
  6. Repeat every few weeks.

How to kill ivy on your fence

  1. Pull out each vine very gently as to not damage your fence.
  2. Leave any leftover vines to dry out with time, this will make them easier to remove later.
  3. Come back and apply your glyphosate weed killer to the ivy’s ground roots, preventing it from returning.
  4. Once finished, scrape of any remaining roots with a sander – be careful not to damage your fence!

Don’t have the right weed killer? Check out the method below!

The vinegar method

Get your regular spray bottle and fill in the container with a mixture of 80% water and 20% white vinegar. Spray the ivy plants thoroughly, making sure you don’t affect any other plants that you don’t want to get rid of. Wait for a couple of days and see the results!


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