How to kill ivy effectively

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, Ivies can creep onto almost anything, and knowing how you can kill them depending on where they are is essential.

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


How to Kill Ivy on the Ground

How to kill ivy on the ground

Cutting them by Sections

The first thing that you need to do is to cut the Ivies 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.

Rolling Each Section

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.

Start Using Herbicide

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

Start spraying the Ivies 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.

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 ask mulch for 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 Ivy on the 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 Ivies 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.

Cutting the Ivy’s Vines

Start cutting the vines of the Ivies 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 leveled 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

poison ivy

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.

Start Examining the 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 Ivies, it would be best to remove them from the ground. This will avoid the Ivies to climb the tree again. Cut them into larger sections to make your job easier. Keep cutting and removing them until the Ivies around your tree is gone.

Let the Remaining Ivy Die

All you have to do now is wait for the Ivies 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.

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

Below is great infographic from YourGreenPal​

Poison Ivy Infographic

About the Author Ann Katelyn

I'm Ann, I have dedicated most of my life in gardening. This is a subject I enjoy the most. Since then, I committed to developing my website to be the best guidance when it comes to taking care of flowers and plants. I am trying my best to be well-versed with plants found in desert areas, tropics or Mediterranean. I still need to be knowledgeable about so many kinds of botanical life.

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