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Garden Newbie needs help!

Posted by roxy_b (My Page) on
Fri, Feb 8, 08 at 14:55

Hi everyone, I'm new here and new to gardening. My fiance and I are first time home owners, and our house was really in need of some TLC when we came along, namely the yard. Somehow got delegated to me, but it's been a lot of fun so far learning about the different plants and such. But here's my problem...

On either side of our house, we have neighbors who like English Ivy. We of course, don't. One side I've been able to keep on top of for the most part - trimming it back as it crawls over the fence. Lots to maintain, but worth it. On the other side though, the neighbor's ivy got up and over the fence years ago and no one every did anything about it so now I've got a random patch about 15'x 5' that I'm dying to get rid of. Does anyone have any suggestions? I'm not allergic to it so I don't mind getting in there with brute force. But I want it gone before it gets any bigger! The only suggestion I got so far was to burn it (!) but that didn't seem very safe... plus it would probably stand immortal in the flames anyway. :)

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RE: Garden Newbie needs help!

If it is a good location for a garden, how about laying down some cardboard over it and start up a lasagna garden? Clip the vines coming over the fence (something you will probably have to do periodically).

RE: Garden Newbie needs help!

Try Roundup. Liberally. But not on a breezy day!

RE: Garden Newbie needs help!

I have a lot of English ivy here as well. My sister has been gradually digging it out, and that seems to work quite well. We don't like it much, either.


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