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Best Way to Kill English Ivy?

Posted by stephanieftx 8 (My Page) on
Sun, Apr 15, 07 at 23:36

The neighbor diagnally behind us has English Ivy growing on their fence. It's now starting to invade my yard in the spot I'd like to start a butterfly garden. What's the best way to kill the ivy that's already creeping in and how long will I have to wait to start planting my flowers?

Stephanie


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RE: Best Way to Kill English Ivy?

  • Posted by jean001 z8aPortland, OR (My Page) on
    Sun, Apr 15, 07 at 23:52

The only thing you can do from your side which won't kill your neighbor's share is to cut it off every time it trespasses.

Thus, totally safe for butterflies.


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RE: Best Way to Kill English Ivy?

- and how long will I have to wait to start planting my flowers?

I could be wrong, but I think the question is what is the best herbicide to use?


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RE: Best Way to Kill English Ivy?

The only herbicide that Stephanie can use is a non-systemic one such as vinegar. While vinegar is relatively harmless to butterflies, the larger problem is that Stephanie can't use anything that will permanently damage the ivy, unless she gets her neighbor's permission to kill it. It isn't her plant to do anything to, except for that part of it which grows onto her property! She would then have long tendrils to deal with, if she uses an herbicide, so she may as well cut them off at the fence line in the first place.


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RE: Best Way to Kill English Ivy?

The best way to keep that invasive plant from spreading into your yard is to cut off any tendrils that come into your yard as soon as you notice them. Do not let it root. If any tedrils have rooted dig them out. Any spray you use, including vinegar, is at best as temporary a halt as hand digigng.


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RE: Best Way to Kill English Ivy?

Vinegar is totally harmless to English ivy. I've tried and tried. I used a string trimmer to keep it out for years and now my wife wants to let it come over the wall.


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RE: Best Way to Kill English Ivy?

Will bleach kill the English Ivy growing in my grass? Digging is not possible.


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