Removing ivy from lawn

rdb613(7)January 9, 2013

Our back yard has a hill that had half of it covered with ground cover and white pine trees. I have removed the trees (not the stumps yet) and would like to get rid of the ground cover and plant grass. The main cover is pachysandra and English Ivy. What is the best way to remove such a prolific plant without herbicides?

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I don't know specifically about English Ivy, but DOW makes a great poison Ivy killer. They are both broad leaf plants so I would suspect that it would work English Ivy.

I cleaned out one of the finest crops in the Carolina in several months last summer.

    Bookmark   January 11, 2013 at 7:56PM
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andy10917(NY 6a)

A poison ivy killer would be an herbicide, which the OP said he didn't want to use.

Other than repetitive physical removal or placing a tarp over the entire area for months, I know of no way to do the job without herbicides.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2013 at 9:21AM
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laceyvail(6A, WV)

Gardens Alive sells a product called Iron X. I had moderate success with it against ground ivy. It has to be reapplied 3-4 weeks later, and I failed to do that, but hope to get it right this year. It's a safe product.

    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 6:55AM
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