How do I get rid of English ivy?
Maybe this article will help:
The leaves on English Ivy have a waxy coating that makes it difficult for anything to get thru that to the plant itself. Pulling them (and that includes the underground runners) is the most effective method but also the most labor intensive.
Yes, unfortunately pulling out is what you need to. Water thoroughly first or do it after a good rain, makes it much easier.
You can cut the main stems of the plant and remove a section of the vine. Paint it with round up ground clear... after a while the ivy will die and sloughs off trees, houses, fences. You will have to treat vine stumps occasionally so regrowth won’t occur.