Asked on May 1, 2017

Help!!! How do I kill English Ivy, poison ivy and poison oak?

Caseyem11MendemjJeanne O'Boyle
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Neighbor planted English ivy next to our fence line and now it is all over our yard. Checking on it we found lots of the other two poison types under a dying walnut tree we are going to be taking down. Extremely allergic to ivys (Md said don't even get down wind) so pulling up not an option. So far nothing we've tried has killed any of the stuff including using a brush and weed killer.
7 answers
  • Diane Boone
    on May 1, 2017

    Much to all of our dismay, you cannot kill the stuff. The only way to get rid of it completely is to remove every root it has set down. It will be a long and arduous task because each time you see a leaf pop up, you have to dig it up. Good luck. Oh, don't waste you money on Roundup or any other kind of week killer.
  • Drown it in cleaning vinegar, preferably in blazing hot sun if possible. Do full strength. Best applied in a pump sprayer if you have one.
  • Deanna Nassar
    on May 1, 2017

    It's a hard fight but Round Up will work on the poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac. I have never found anything to get rid of English Ivy. Just keep it mowed down to ground. Have to spray Round Up early in season when plants are in active growth. Best cure for poison ivy,etc is milkweed sap. Just break off leaf and rub sap(milk) on skin. Worked better than calmine
  • Mary Gibson
    on May 1, 2017

    I killed off an Oregon grape, nasty things, with boiling salt water. I used dissolved rock salt.
  • Jeanne O'Boyle
    on May 1, 2017

    Take the end of a vine with leaves and submerge it in a container of Roundup. Weight down the vine to keep the leaves submerged. The poison is absorbed through the leaves. Eventually it will poison the roots.
  • Mendemj
    on May 1, 2017

    Several years ago my garden was eaten alive by ivy. I hired a crew that came out and pulled it all out and it has never come back. You might check around with different landscaping companies for a quote
  • Caseyem11
    on May 1, 2017

    We had a lot of ivy that was damaging trees and our building. We spent days digging it up. We then covered the area with Preen, then landscaping cloth. More Preen and finally several inches of mulch. Two years later no ivy. It was a workout though. We use Preen every spring. Best of luck. Ivy should be banned In my opinion.
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