Heavy Ivy in the backyard - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by adhenderson0
February 26, 2010
I have a neighbor that only cleans up once a decade. I have a lot of thick ivy that has grown in the top area of my yard. How do I safely remove it and stop future growth. I have not pets or small children at this time.

Answer from NGA
February 26, 2010
Your situation is a difficult one but I think you're well within your rights to cut the offending ivy down at the property line and then paint the stubs with a vegetation killer such as Round Up. The herbicide will be translocated into the stems of the plant and will kill back the stems that you cut so no new stems should emerge from them. With any luck the Round Up application will kill the roots attached to the stems that you cut and that part of the ivy will die. On the other hand, this probably won't stop the mother ivy from growing new stems that could encroach on your property in the future. But at least it should control what has wandered over at this point.

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