Forum home Garden design

Does any-body know how to get rid of ivy for good ?

Help, I live in Ireland, half-way up a mountain, so the grass is not much, but the ivy is taking over every-thing, l have tried White vineger, boiling water, l try not to use chemicals, but this is my last resort. Any-body !! HELP..


  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,700
    Dig it out.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • Like l said, l live half way up a mountain, got 1 acre of land, and the ivy is taking over. If l start digging now, l could finish in a few years. !!! the roots go on forever.
  • The user and all related content has been deleted.
  • Andy19Andy19 Posts: 671
    Pigs are the best ground clearing animal rut up everything.
  • wild flowerwild flower Posts: 78
    edited April 2018
    I came across this but cannot personally vouch for its effectiveness.  Go to the salt and soap combination on this link - under 'tip'.

    A 'weed' is just a plant in the wrong place - subjective! ;)
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,135
    edited April 2018
    I had an area approx 10m x 10m that was just a tangle of brambles, nettles, docks and thick ivy (up to 2ft thick) on the fences.
    I used Rosate36 (a strong form of glyphosphate) available from Amazon. I sprayed 3 times over a about 10 weeks and it killed the lot - ivy included. I started spraying this time of year.
    It's the only thing I've found that actually kills ivy.
    It is very strong and will likely kill anything green it falls on, so use on a very calm day and make sure none gets on any plants/shrubs you want to keep

    I really wouldn't use salt - it'll ruin the eco-system in your soil

    Billericay - Essex

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,735
    I'd have to say "white vinegar" is as much a "chemical" as Roundup, and , IMHO leaves much more dangerous residues in the soil.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,932
    edited April 2018
    Totally agree Hosta - salt too.  

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

  • JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,783
    Fire? Acid?  Nuke the site from orbit?

    I have no solution for my ivy problem other than to keep pruning back as it comes over the fence from neighbours. 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,932
    Sometimes ivy is the most appropriate plant for the spot ... it's wonderful for wildlife .... just saying ... 

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

Sign In or Register to comment.