Clearing ivy naturally

gypsy_love(6)November 6, 2012

I have a large space that I plan to put a garden in this spring. Currently it is completely covered in various breeds of ivy (including poison ivy). I would love some suggestions for effectively removing it all without using any herbicides that could potentially harm my future garden.

Thank you

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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Dig, then repeat until done.

    Bookmark   November 6, 2012 at 1:24PM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

gypsy_love - I think it would be sensible to start by identifying what you have there. You refer to various 'breeds' of ivy, but most plants commonly called 'ivy' are not true ivy, ie Hedera species, at all. Poison Ivy is not related at all to, for example, English Ivy. Once you know what plants you are dealing with it is easier to decide how to tackle them. The Name That Plant Forum is your friend.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2012 at 12:16PM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

I too agree that it would be best to identify what it is that you are trying to eradicate. See link below to Name That Plant Forum.

Whatever it is, I'd cut and pull as much as possible, and then if possible till the soil really well. Next spring, repeat the pulling process and tilling.

Where are you located? See the Member Pages link at the bottom of any page to update your profile info so it will include your zone and location (see I am 5/6 S INdiana) so that it will automatically be shown whenever you post.


Here is a link that might be useful: Name That Plant!

    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 5:50AM
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