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Question: what can i use for weed control in english ivy?

Answer: English ivy can be difficult to control. I've had success cutting the vines down and immediately painting the cut stub with Round Up (glyphosate). Use a weedeater to remove most of the foliage and to wound the vines in numerous places prior to painting or spraying. Remember that glyphosate is a contact vegetation killer so anything you get it on will be affected. After cutting the vines, apply glyphosate in a strong solution (25%) to the exposed vines. Take care not to overapply. All you have to do is moisten the vines not drench the soil. Whichever method you use, hand pulling or spraying, be ready to follow up with a retreatment as you won't get it all in one shot. A final possibility is to mow/weedeat the ivy to the ground and then cover with cardboard or 10 sheets of newspaper followed by 6 or more inches of leaves. This will smother it out for a good while. As the paper breaks down some ivy will likely appear and can be re-smothered in the same manner to continue to kill the surviving plants.

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