Want to sterilize the soil

sommardahlAugust 20, 2014

I have a dry laid rock terrace surrounded with ivy & vinca. I have dug the vines back a few inches away from the edges & want a herbeside which will sterilize the ground but not travel into the surrounding vines. Any suggestions?

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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

You will not be able to "sterilize" soil outside since you need some way to get the temperatures up to 212 degrees for some time and that is not going to happen. However you could try solarizing the soil which might help some with the Ivy.

Here is a link that might be useful: soil solarization

    Bookmark   August 21, 2014 at 7:42AM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Umm, OP requested a sterilant herbicide.

As far as I am aware, none are available to home gardeners.

Solarization won't do a thing against ivy.
A lot of grunt work will -- dig, then dig some more.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2014 at 2:20PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

The ivy and Vinca are not what you are trying to kill? What unwanted plant is competing with those?

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 7:35PM
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