Asked on Apr 18, 2012

English Ivy

Doyle Tami HarmonBonnie BShirley R


I bought the round-up tough brush and ivy killer and sprayed the heck out of the ivy on Sat. April14th when should I start to see some change in the color of the ivy or wilting??? I was told to spray it again in 4 weeks!! I want that stuff gone it has gotten completely out of control...
7 answers
  • Probably less than 2 weeks. If possible, you can also try pulling it out once it shows signs of death. Then spray it again per directions.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Apr 18, 2012

    I've noticed that the time it takes to show some effect from Roundup varies widely by the plant and the weather. Be prepared for an ongoing battle with your ivy even with the Roundup.

  • Walter Reeves
    on Apr 18, 2012

    My experience is that it takes a couple of weeks to show any damage....but leaves gradually turn yellow and drop off.

  • Joey G
    on Apr 19, 2012

    Ivy is actually pretty easy to pull up if you are fairly young and strong. You can pay a neighbor teen or two to go to town and they can probably get 80% of it up very quickly for cheap money. They need to use a hard tine rack though to get up most of the roots. Roundup takes weeks and multiple applications and can very expensive. When I have the option, I just prefer to NOT use chemicals unless I have to.

  • Shirley R
    on Apr 21, 2012

    Thank you all..The Ivy is toooo thick to get in there until I can get some to die!!! I'm concerned about Copper head/snakes in the Ivy. I see it wilting as of today which is a great sign because I'm going to kill it, spray it and pulling until I get rid of it!!!!! If I could blow it up I would!!! My neighbor's in the back of me have done nothing about the Ivy on there property which comes into my property so I sprayed the crap out of it!!!

  • Bonnie B
    on Apr 21, 2012

    My house had English Ivy growing on the North side. It was tearing everything up as it climbed through windows, ac units, trim, in the attic. The base was so thick a chainsaw was required. We started cutting the base and even sawing some of the larger roots under ground. Then, we applied a heavy dose of vinegar all over the thing until it started to die. We pulled. Then, we sprayed. It ripped the paint off the side of the house. We got those four down. Now, I'm fighting it all over the yard, along the fence lines. It's everywhere and difficult to get rid of.

  • Doyle Tami Harmon
    on Aug 6, 2015

    When we moved into our house the ivy was literally smothering a beautiful California Redwood. We tried round up but live across from a lake and felt it would take too much to kill the ivy and still be good stewards of our lake. So my husband got a flame thrower and burned the heck out of it. It worked!!! I pulled the ivy out of the tree and even had to use tweezers to get it out of the bark. We made sure that it was good and gone before we relaxed. Another solution that I have learned from a master gardener friend is to mow it ....alot.....and then mow it again! Eventually it will die. Let us know if it works.

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