building a raised bed on top of old ivy plants

beaunehouseJuly 2, 2013

We're building a raised bed immediately next to a large wall covered with ivy. If we bury the ivy trunks (yes, they're large enough to be called trunks) under two feet of garden soil, are we going to kill the ivy plants and lose our beautiful green backdrop?

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gardengal48

Highly unlikely. If ivy was that easy to kill, they'd be trying that approach all over the Pacific Northwest, where ivy is the number one invasive noxious weed. Heck, I've even seen ivy come up through layers of black plastic covered with soil and mulch - the plant is nonstopable.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 7:17PM
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beaunehouse

Thanks. That's what I thought, and I realize that I'll be pulling ivy for the rest of my life, but I really want that green backdrop.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2013 at 10:39AM
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