Fig Ivy - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by fsmack7
February 27, 2011
What is the best way to remove Fig Ivy that has taken over your yard?


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Answer from NGA
February 27, 2011

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Fig ivy is difficult to eradicate but you can if you keep after it. The best and most successful approach is to dig the plants out, roots and all. If you leave any roots behind they will sprout. If you hoe down or pull up any new sprouts as soon as they emerge, the roots will eventually run out of stored energy and will die out. A different approach is to spray with a vegetation killer such as Round Up. This product will kill anything it touches so you'll have to be careful using it around any other plants. Round Up will translocate to the roots and kill the roots of fig ivy. If it is growing near plants you want to save you may be able to use a small paint brush and paint the product directly on the fig ivy. Wish there was an easier approach!

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