Answer: It would be better to control the weeds prior to planting, then mulch between the ivy plants to help prevent weeds returning while you wait for the ivy to grow and fill in. You can dig the weeds out by hand, and/or you could treat them with an herbicide containing glyphosate. Be sure to carefully read and follow all of the directions on the label. Once you have planted the ivy, you may need to do some spot treatments with the herbicide. The wipe on method of applying is safer when working close to desirable plants -- glyphosate is nonselective and will kill ivy as well as weeds.
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