Best Way to Kill English Ivy?

stephanieftxApril 15, 2007

The neighbor diagnally behind us has English Ivy growing on their fence. It's now starting to invade my yard in the spot I'd like to start a butterfly garden. What's the best way to kill the ivy that's already creeping in and how long will I have to wait to start planting my flowers?

Stephanie

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jean001(z8aPortland, OR)

The only thing you can do from your side which won't kill your neighbor's share is to cut it off every time it trespasses.

Thus, totally safe for butterflies.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2007 at 11:52PM
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gumby_ct(CT it says Z5)

- and how long will I have to wait to start planting my flowers?

I could be wrong, but I think the question is what is the best herbicide to use?

    Bookmark   April 16, 2007 at 12:18AM
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Dibbit(z7b SC)

The only herbicide that Stephanie can use is a non-systemic one such as vinegar. While vinegar is relatively harmless to butterflies, the larger problem is that Stephanie can't use anything that will permanently damage the ivy, unless she gets her neighbor's permission to kill it. It isn't her plant to do anything to, except for that part of it which grows onto her property! She would then have long tendrils to deal with, if she uses an herbicide, so she may as well cut them off at the fence line in the first place.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2007 at 12:42AM
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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

The best way to keep that invasive plant from spreading into your yard is to cut off any tendrils that come into your yard as soon as you notice them. Do not let it root. If any tedrils have rooted dig them out. Any spray you use, including vinegar, is at best as temporary a halt as hand digigng.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2007 at 6:39AM
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dchall_san_antonio(8 San Antonio)

Vinegar is totally harmless to English ivy. I've tried and tried. I used a string trimmer to keep it out for years and now my wife wants to let it come over the wall.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2007 at 10:15AM
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sikesshkelly_gmail_com

Will bleach kill the English Ivy growing in my grass? Digging is not possible.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2011 at 6:30AM
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elysianfields(9b CA)

Flamethrower. I just took down a wide swath of ivy between me and the neighbor off my fence from a rat condo complex nest on their side. We are in the woods. At first they were concerned their privacy would be tainted but then they saw my garden and said oh we can see your flowers. Leave it clear. Anyway, I use Ground Clear to keep the other neighbors ivy from creeping in the other side of the house. If you get it on the foliage only, the soil stays fairly clean to plant within two to three weeks later. You can detach the ivy from the fence and just treat what is on your side. Neighbors generally have the right to obliterate overgrowth from another garden that overlaps their property line if that neighbor is not going to maintain their side of the property. Though you wanna keep the peace too. We agreed to bring it all down in this case.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2014 at 11:23PM
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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

Ground Clear contains glyphosate and is therefore not an acceptable product for any organic grower.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2014 at 6:14AM
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garden_grammie(SE Pa.)

Had the same problem. When I see it invading and choking my plants I shoot it with roundup.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2014 at 6:20AM
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Mackel-in-DFW

Ever notice how black sheep always tend to wind up in the wrong pasture ?

You can shoot 'em with a peroxide/bleach solution, and if you hit 'em just right, they can even fool a border collie.

Sheepherder Mack

    Bookmark   May 31, 2014 at 12:27PM
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