help with vine removal from brick

nk12September 25, 2013

Hey guys

Please help me with advise

the pic is of my house, it has vines all over it.
Some of the roots on the vines on the wall are thick (half size of a coke can).

My plan was this

1. Cut all the main roots from the ground after all of the leaves have fallen off in the winter and also the large roots that i can reach on the walls

2. let it sit for the winter

I dont mind the roots sticking around but I dont want the growth.

Is that ok to do?
I figure after years the roots on the walls with just fall.
I figure that cutting the main roots from the ground with a saw will stop growth.

The vines are sooooooo bad they are everywhere on the house

ANY ADVISE WILL HELP !

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sandyl(Zone 6B -7)

Reminder To Self ! don't let vines start growing up the side of the house!
Ok my advise since the vines are there I would do just as you have stated, cut at ground level and leave the vines to become loose and they should fall from the side. Then whats left probably ain't goona be very pretty and ease to deal with but its a start.

    Bookmark   September 26, 2013 at 3:07PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

"I figure that cutting the main roots from the ground with a saw will stop growth." Unfortunately doubtful. You'll likely need to treat the cut ends with something to kill the roots, to prevent hundreds/thousands of new growth points from the soil level. Not familiar with garden chemicals, or what's available in Canada.

    Bookmark   September 26, 2013 at 5:23PM
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alisonoz_gw

I'm not clear on what type of vine it is , but purple is correct, you can probably expect some "revenge" in the form of re-shooting or suckering. To succeed in one go, you would need to cut and poison the vines in growing phase, but that means waiting longer and facing the prospect of leaf drop in spring/summer.
So, proceed as planned, just be ready for spotting new growth later and dealing with it as it emerges, and you will eventually succeed. The parts attached to the wall will certainly disintegrate over time, but maybe easier to remove in a few vigorous sessions once they have died off. As to poison, yes check what's available but a small supply of something like a tree and blackberry type poison would be more effective than a general weed-killer.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2013 at 1:32AM
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dimitrig(SoCal z10a/21)

It looks like Boston ivy.

I think it's pretty. Why remove it?

    Bookmark   October 1, 2013 at 1:28AM
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greenman62

is it also possible that it re-rooted into some wood ?

I have the same problem with a foreclosure house i am buying now.
I cut the bottoms, weeks ago, but its still green.
I am guessing it put out roots into some wood, and also maybe diverted rainwater into the wood in spots as well.
Can this happen ?
i think its Virginia creeper

    Bookmark   October 3, 2013 at 11:29AM
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true_blue(Mtl Can Zone 4b)

Hi, if you cut down the vine, it will come back next year.
Dig up the root ball. That's what I did last year with my 30 year old virginia creeper. It was hard work, but it didn't come back this year.

Your plant seems to be a Boston ivy.

    Bookmark   October 4, 2013 at 4:16PM
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