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Getting rid of Ivy which is under my Leylandii hedge

How can get rid of ivy going up through my leylandii hedge.


  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530

    Do you need to?  The ivy won't do the conifers any harm, it will provide nectar and pollen for useful insects and berries to feed the birds in winter.  I'd keep the ivy and lose the leylandii!

  • The ivy has recently put in an appearance underneath our very substantial leylandii hedge. The chap who cuts it twice a year said it could cause problems. So was just after the best way to remove it without damaging the hedge.

    Last edited: 02 July 2017 06:06:42

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,157

    Id ask the chap who cuts the hedge to pull out and cut whatever ivy needs removing each time before he cuts the hedge. It won't get rid of it all but will keep it under control if it's done twice a year, and even if he charges you an extra tenner it's the most practical solution rather than anything more radical in my opinion. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,578

    ask the chap to be more specific about the " problems" it could cause.

    If it's cut twice a year, any growth which makes it through the foliage will be chopped off and what is inside the hedge is likely to be weak due to lack of light.

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