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help how do i get rid of ivy

is there any way i can get rid of ivy apart from cut back and digging up
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  • JayarJayar Forumite
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    Depends a lot on the location and how much of it you have. If it's tangled in among other plants or clinging to a wall, I'd cut it off at the roots and wait for the rest of it to die off. Remember though, you'd have to keep a check on where you have cut ad it will try to grow again.
    A friend is someone who overlooks your broken fence and admires the flowers in your garden.
  • savingsara_2savingsara_2 Forumite
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    This is my nightmare too! I have it growing up through a privet hedge and can't get rid of it, even with Roundup.....
  • guinness34guinness34 Forumite
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    the ivy is growing up a slatted fence and it is very thick at the bottom do i cut as near to the ground and hope the rest dies off or will it keep growing
  • squiggle37squiggle37 Forumite
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    no idea how to get rid of it, i got that stuff that i think looks like ivy it gets white flowers its driving me mad the more i pull out more grow back even thru my tarmac drive
  • LeopardladyLeopardlady Forumite
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    I lived with an ivy overload, i spent everyday pulling it up from the lawn and flower beds, the large plant attached to the front of the house was removed by a friendly gardener and then was advised to stick a copper nail in the base of the stem. The ivy has not returned too much but does need constant attention. I will never plant ivy again, i think it may be evil!

    When i did remove the ivy from the garden lots of bind weed took its place, i suppose that is just life!

    Good luck
    Leopardlady
    Got married on the 26th April 08!!!!!!!:j:T

    Bumpy Bean was due 20th Nov 2010, born 15th Nov :j:j:T
  • LeopardladyLeopardlady Forumite
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    squiggle37 wrote: »
    no idea how to get rid of it, i got that stuff that i think looks like ivy it gets white flowers its driving me mad the more i pull out more grow back even thru my tarmac drive

    This sounds like bing weed, large white flowers, quite pretty? But the stems wind around everything? :eek: This can been killed with weed killer but it takes a few applications to the base of the plant, which is always hard to find!!

    Have fun
    Leopardlady
    Got married on the 26th April 08!!!!!!!:j:T

    Bumpy Bean was due 20th Nov 2010, born 15th Nov :j:j:T
  • JayarJayar Forumite
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    guinness34 wrote: »
    the ivy is growing up a slatted fence and it is very thick at the bottom do i cut as near to the ground and hope the rest dies off or will it keep growing

    Yep. As you have so much of it can you strim it? That'll give it a bit of a shock ;) but you'll still have to keep an eye out for more bits sneaking their leaves above ground and be ready for them.
    A friend is someone who overlooks your broken fence and admires the flowers in your garden.
  • Jem8472Jem8472 Forumite
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    I remember doing this with my dad. we cut it and pulled it all off the side of the house, then found the base of the ivy and cut it off there. We then put some weed killer or something on that and covered the stump with a plastic bag. Worked like a charm.
    Jeremy
    Married 9th May 2009
  • Plum_PiePlum_Pie Forumite
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    When i did remove the ivy from the garden lots of bind weed took its place, i suppose that is just life!

    Sounds familiar! :mad:
  • susiebsusieb Forumite
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    I quite like it, makes the fence stronger, we just cut ours with a hedge trimmer, and it seems to keep it in check.
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