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Tips on How to Kill Ivy Effectively

Are you tired of seeing Ivies crawl across your home and trees?

Did you know that if you kill them the wrong way, they can cause damages to your properties?

So knowing how to kill Ivy correctly is essential, for you to ensure that the only thing that you are killing is the plant itself.

Ivies have the tendency to attach itself to surfaces that are vertical. They are strong which is why ripping them off will only make you cut off the paint or bark.

As you all know, ivy and poison ivy can creep onto almost anything, and knowing how you can kill them depending on where they are is essential.

If you want to kill ivy without damaging anything else, then the information below will surely be helpful for you.


How to Kill Ivy on the Ground

Cut the Ivy into Sections

The first thing that you need to do is to cut the ivy into sections. You can do this by dividing them into larger sections for you to quickly remove them from the ground. As you cut, start pulling them apart and carefully work in the entire plant.

Roll it onto Itself

The next thing that you need to do is to lift them per section and roll them on top of themselves. Keep doing this until that part become all rolled up. Move the rolled up ivy into a different area and start doing the same to the other section.

How to kill ivy on the ground

Start Using Herbicide

Since Ivy is hard to kill, it would be best to use herbicides after removing them. Just make sure that your herbicide consists of glyphosate, which will work in the killing of the plant.

Start spraying the ivy that you want to kill and repeat the application after 6 weeks. Put in mind to be careful when spraying as you don’t want the herbicide to reach other plants.

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Ask Mulch for Help

Now if you have an Ivy patch that you want actually to preserve, but you want to avoid it from spreading, you can use rocks and mulch to help.

All you have to do is cover the Ivy’s border with mulch and make sure that they are kept with 7 to 8 inches of wood chip or shredded mulch during the season of growing.

How to Kill Poison Ivy on a Tree

Prepare all the Needed Equipment

One of the most important equipment that you will need is a pair of loppers or clippers that are sharp. Vines of poison ivy that are old have the ability to grow like a person’s arm, while the newer ones are thin, which are easier to cut.

Using gloves is also essential to ensure that your hands will stay protected.

Check out the best pole and extendable tree pruners on the 2020 market.

Cutting the Ivy’s Vines

Start cutting the vines of the ivy around the tree’s base. Carefully walk around your tree and cut each and every vine that you see growing around the tree and make sure that the vines are level with your ankle.

Do not leave even just one vine, as this will have the ability to nourish the plant up your tree. For thick and old vines, it would be best to use a saw when cutting them.

Cut Another Round of Vines

How to Kill Poison ivy that has climber high up a tree

Using the same technique above, you need to cut the vines around the tree carefully, and this time, they need to be shoulder level. When cutting on this level, you need to gently pull the sections that you have cut from your tree.

The cut vines will then be piled so you can mulch them at a later time, for them to avoid rooting again.

Examine the Trees Trunk

The next thing that you need to do is to carefully examine the trunk of the tree if there are still vines that are uncut. If there are any, all you have to do is to cut and remove them and again, avoid damaging the tree’s bark.

Cutting the Ivy from the Ground

Now if you notice that the tree is surrounded by ivy, it would be best to remove them from the ground. This will prevent the ivy climbing the tree again. Cut them into larger sections to make your job easier. Keep cutting and removing them until the ivy around your tree is gone.

Let the Remaining Ivy Die

All you have to do now is wait for the ivy that are growing above the shoulder level to die. They will usually turn brown and shrivel, and these are signs that it is finally dying. Avoid cutting them since it will pull the bark of a tree, which will then make it susceptible to different types of diseases.

Below is great infographic from YourGreenPal about the poison ivy and what you need to do if it gets on your skin.

Poison Ivy Infographic

Wrapping Up How to Kill Ivy

These are the different ways on how to kill poison ivy both on the ground and on the tree. Follow these tips, and you will surely be ending your Ivy problems in no time.

About the Author Ann Katelyn

I'm Ann Katelyn, Creator and Chief Author of Sumo Gardener. Since I was a child I've always been fascinated with plants and gardens, and as an adult this has developed into my most loved hobby. I have dedicated most of my life to gardening and started Sumo Gardener as a way to express my knowledge about gardening with the hope of helping other people's gardens thrive.

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