If you have a green thumb, you might have a love/hate relationship with English Ivy.
On the one hand, the beautiful ivy vines can be used to cover the ground as part of landscaping, making a home even more beautiful with sprawling leaves on the walls, in soil beds and on trees throughout the year.
On the other hand, the ivy vines grow and spread vigorously, overtaking other plants in the garden and blocking sunlight, stealing water and nutrients. This can make English Ivy a nuisance after appreciation for its beauty has faded.
There are 12-15 species of ivy, each with different ways of attaching themselves to walls as they climb. English Ivy has tiny aerial rootlets that look like hairs and grow on both sides of the stems. These rootlets grab onto any crevice or textured service possible, inching upward and onward without end.
So how can you get rid of it? There are two options – chemicals or manual labor.
English Ivy leaves have a waxy texture that makes it harder for chemicals to penetrate the surface, so you should cut parts of the stem to create an entry point on the plant leaves using a weed wacker or other garden tool. Doing this on a warm day during the winter is ideal because the colder temperature retains the herbicide chemical better. This means there is more time for the chemicals to penetrate through to the plant, ultimately restricting its growth.
Whether you are removing the ivy from a wall, a tree or the ground, you will need a variety of tools like a two-handled pruning cutter, a ladder, a gardening fork and a shovel to name a few.
To remove English Ivy from a tree, use a pair of sharp clippers to cut the vines growing near the base of the tree. Be sure to cut every vine and stem around the tree as you go because a single stem can lead to the growth of a whole new vine. You may need a handsaw to cut the thicker vines.
Removing ivy in a field will require you to create sections and remove the vines one area at a time. Covering the sections with mulch prevents more ivy from taking root so they eventually die. If you want to have ivy in certain areas, use mulch to create a barrier.
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