How do I kill Ivey plants?

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How to kill Ivey plants

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  • Betsy Betsy on Oct 12, 2018

    Hi Flo: Get a product called ground clear, it kills everything! Then, put some in a small can and paint the undersides of the leaves with this, using a small foam brush. Be sure not to get the ground clear on anything else. The plant will take the poison to the roots, through the leaves, and kill just this plant - if you are careful not to get the ground clear on anything else. You can use this method on any plant you want to get rid of. If you are worried about the leaves touching your other plants, cut the unwanted plant short, leaving several leaves, paint the leaves with the ground clear and then cover it with a plastic bag and secure it to the ground. That way, even the wind won't blow the poisoned vine onto your other plants. Good luck with this, invasive plants are the worst!

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Oct 13, 2018

    This article will help you do that - https://blog.fantasticgardeners.co.uk/how-to-get-rid-of-ivy/. Best of luck

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Oct 13, 2018

    Hi Flo,

    I agree with part of the advice from Betsy, cut the plant short and dispose of it either through composting or curbside yard-waste removal. You could use vinegar to kill it, then cover with black plastic or secure it with a can, make sure it is completely covered.

    What I would not do is use a weed killer like Ground Clear, This is because it is a poison and by rain, water run off, watering..., it enters the ground and water sources like streams , rivers, bays, and reservoirs. It goes down into the aquifers under the ground that provide well water. As the poisoned plant breaks down, the toxin it has taken up is released, further compounding the problem.

    Best to you.

  • OlyGal OlyGal on Oct 13, 2018

    Please, please, please do not compost or use curbside yard waste removal. Ivy is a noxious weed that can live with just a small leaf or stem and then may sprout in other areas if someone uses the compost. Cut the plant short dispose of it in the garbage and then use a killer just on the stump or king root. I have had success with:


    https://www.homedepot.com/p/IMAGE-32-oz-Concentrate-Brush-and-Vine-Killer-100099398/100201080


    Good luck! I had what I called Battle Ivy for over 2 years.


  • OlyGal OlyGal on Oct 13, 2018

    P.S. Vinegar works on many plants but it is topical not strong enough to get in the root system of Ivy.

  • Rebecca Rebecca on Oct 13, 2018

    I have the same problem with wisteria. I just sprayed the perimeter of my yard with something guaranteed to kill all vegetation for a year and all the wisteria came right back. And more suggestions?

  • Kc133870886 Kc133870886 on Oct 13, 2018

    Someone told me put salt as close to root as possible. Never tried it buts its worth a shot. I pulled all mine out.

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