How To Get Rid of Ivy

By Subodh / December 24, 2010

Ivy is one of the most popular plants and is well known for their ability to grow to exceptional dimensions. They can extend for up to 30 meters and are notorious for being a very invasive weed. They compete with other plants for water and nutrients, leaving their growth stunted and predisposing them to demise and uprooting. It is no surprise that people want to get rid of them and if you are one such person then there are a number of methods that you can use. There are different methods for ground ivy and wall ivy.

Ground ivy

Ground ivy is one of the toughest types of plants to get rid of because as they mature their leaves develop a protective wax coating that is resistant to herbicides.

  • Herbicides – If you are going to use herbicides then the best time to do so would be before the waxy layer appears. This should be done in the warmer months when the plant flourishes. Spray the leaves that are budding to allow the herbicide to get into the root system of the ivy. You won’t see the effects right away, and only several weeks later will the plant be killed. Because ivy is such a tough plant it may require multiple applications.
  • Digging – Digging should be your first choice if you are removing dead ivy. You will have to dig to a depth of about 30 centimeters in order to access the roots. Once you have a good grip pull them up. Ensure you have removed the entire root system to prevent it from growing back.

Wall ivy

Wall ivy is a little easier to get rid of because of their placement. It is important to get rid of them because they can damage the structural integrity of any house.

  • Cutting – The best place to cut ivy would be at the base of the wall that it has grown on. You will then be able to loosen the entire extension
  • Pulling – You should make a few cuts around the base and top and then pull. This should be done carefully so that you don’t damage your wall at the same time.
  • Detergent – Once ivy attaches it is a nightmare to detach. You should always use a detergent to clean your walls, which would make it harder for ivy to attach. Any laundry solution and hard bristle brush will work.