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Question: at the end of last summer i had a lot of posin ivy growing, and i need to get rid of it since i am highly allerfic to it. The problem was it resided within a large area in front of the hose witv=ch is covered with a a non posinous ivy, the nonmal stuff. I was told to a certain chemical that would only kill the posinous ivy, and i did and it worked but after a few weeks all the ivy i wanted to keep died along with it. Now that spring is here and i have this hill of dead ivy, is there any way to bring it back to life.

Answer: You probably used a vegetation killer to get rid of the poison ivy, which also affected the ground ivy. There's not much you can do to revive the desired ivy if the chemical killed the roots. There's a possibility that the ivy will regrow so give it a few more weeks of spring weather to see what happens. If it doesn't resprout you may have to remove all the dead plant material and replant ivy. Let's hope the poison ivy doesn't return!

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