Although English ivy looks beautiful, stretching on the ground, and then on trees and houses, it can cause severe damage. For this reason, people often wonder how to kill ivy to protect their property. The plant's hooks that attach to upright surfaces are sturdy enough to break bark.
Getting rid of an ivy plant might take time, but our methods will impress you with their effectiveness and results. Say goodbye to the damage this plant can cause.
Method 1: How to kill ivy on a tree
First of all, you need to get the necessary tools. Depending on the thickness of the vine, the most relevant tool in the fight against ivy will be a pair of sharp scissors or pruner. An old vine can grow to be human hand thick, while a young one can be as thick as a flower stem. Additionally, you should also wear a pair of garden gloves to guard your fingers and palms while collecting the plant. Here is the list of tools you will need:
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- Pruner/garden scissors
- Protective gloves
- Protective glasses
- Disposable garden bags
Cut the vine at the base of the tree. Go round the tree and chop each vine at the height of your ankles. Even one uncut vine can support the plant so that it grows up the tree, so it is imperative to cut off every single one.
Take a hacksaw and carefully cut the vine if it is a very old and thick one. When you cut down the vine, be careful not to harm the tree itself. The plant leaves trees weak and responsive to disease, and a cut in the bark can cause damage to the tree.
Go round the tree again and start cutting the vine at shoulder height. In the same way, cut the vine from the tree again. Now, carefully remove the cut parts of the vine. Make a couple of cuts and separate a part of the vine at the base of the tree. By doing this, you blocks the remaining vine's access to nutrients, and it will soon wither. Place the cut pieces in a pile, and then grind them.
When cutting the cut vines from the tree, be careful not to separate the bark from the tree along with the vine. This method is suitable for extracting the plant from the external walls of houses.
Inspect the trunk of the tree for uncut vines. Examine the trunk very carefully to guarantee that you cut all the vines. If you find remaining shoots, cut them and remove them from the tree without damaging the trunk.
Cut the plant from the ground. If a tree is surrounded by a "carpet" of this plant, the carpet should be removed so that it does not grow up the trunk.
This is how it is done:
- Cut a line through the vine at a length of 1.2-1.8 metres. Cut through some more lines coming from the tree.
- At a distance of 1.2-1.8 metres from the tree, make a cut that connects all the lines.
- Segment by segment, start pulling the plant until you clear the area at a distance of 1.2-1.8 meters from the tree.
Wait until the plant withers. Do not try to cut or pull off the vines that grow above your shoulders.
By pulling the vine, you can damage the bark of the tree, leaving it sensitive to disease. A withered vine will look ugly at first, but in the end, the leaves will drop, and it will become less unsightly.
Inspect the area for growing ivy. After applying the above measures, inspect the area every couple of weeks to make sure that no new ivy plant is growing near the tree. If found, cut it off immediately.
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Method 2: How to kill ivy on the ground
If you need to get rid of this plant from the ground, there is a method you can use. Learn these steps to get the result you want.
Chop the plant into several parts. Make lines through the vine along the ground to divide it into huge parts. When you cut the plant into sections, separate them from each other. Be careful when working near plants and seedlings that you need to preserve.
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Roll it up in sections. Elevate the side of one of the parts and wrap it up. Continue to wrap up the plant until the whole segment turns into one large roll of ivy. Remove this section to another location and continue to wrap the other sections until you clear the entire area of ivy. Mulching ivy rolls is the most reliable method to get rid of them.
You can also use herbicides as a different option to mulching. Ivy is very difficult to destroy as ivy leaves have a kind of wax barrier which herbicides may find difficult to penetrate. The most efficient way is the combination of hand weeding with the use of herbicides. Glyphosate is the most effective agent for constraining ivy:
- Spray the herbicide on the ivy that you want to kill. Make sure that glyphosate does not get on other plants.
- Herbicides are slow-acting substances, so they must be applied every 6 weeks.
Now you know how to kill ivy. These methods will help you resolve your problem with this tricky plant for good. Just follow the steps mentioned above.
DISCLAIMER: This article is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional advice or help and should not be relied on to make decisions of any kind. Any action you take upon the information presented in this article is strictly at your own risk and responsibility!
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