The Q&A Archives: Getting Rid Of Ivy

Question: Ivy is everywhere choking my trees, going into my house under my siding, how in the world do you get rid of this hardy neverending plant?

Answer: English ivy (Hedera helix) is a difficult plant to control or eradicate. There are several approached to getting rid of undesirable plants, but in this case I think using an herbicide containing glyphosate is probably the way to go. It must however be applied when the plant is actively growing so you won't be able to use it until sometime next season. Be very careful to follow the label instructions as this herbicide is a no- selective one, meaning it will kill desirable plants it contacts as well as the non-desirable plant. In the meantime you might cut it off at the base and physically remove the severed pieces. You might also consider the reason why it was planted in the first place before you get rid of all of it. In some cases it is used as a groundcover in areas where it is difficult (or even impossible) to grow other things such as grass, so it might be that getting it under control so it is not climbing every where and then allowing some of it to stay would be a smart solution.

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