killing english ivy

covellaNovember 13, 2005

I've got a big bed I need to reclaim from English ivy. I pulled and dug all I could, laid down 2-3 layers of corrugated cardboard from boxes and threw some leaves and then about 3" of topsoil on top. Do you think this will work? And how long might it take? I just did it 2 weeks ago - around Halloween and hope to have laid to rest the ivy roots by next spring. But I'm willing to wait longer to avoid having to use a bunch of chemicals. I did cut one slit in the boxes to plant a Caryopteris near the front of the bed so we don't have to look at a blank expanse till the ivy is toast.

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IME, removing English ivy is a time consuming process. If you have done a good, thorough job initially - specially as far as root removal is concerned - you should be well on your way to having an ivy-free bed in spring. However, even small rooted chunks can develop into new plants, so you will need to be diligent in continuing to remove any signs of sprouts.

If you just removed the top growth without attempting to remove as much of the root system as you could possibly manage, you will continue to have problems.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2005 at 9:20AM
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dmullen(Southern CA)

25 years ago, I used Roundup. It took 3 applications a week or two apart or more to get rid of my ivy. It was thinner each time but that stuff is really hard to kill or remove.

I doubt that cardboard will do anything to get it out of there.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2005 at 11:24AM
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