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Glyphosate on ivy and stumps?

Hi all,

I've just bought a house. There are several stumps of unknown species in the garden, along with some ivy. I'd like to put something on the stumps to get them to rot down and also I wouldn't mind killing off the ivy at the same time. 

Would glyphosate work to rot down the stumps, as well as killing things off?

Do you have any other recommendations?



  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,897
    I used glyphosphate to kill a huge amount of ivy.
    I used Rosate36 (which is much,much stronger than Roundup).
    I applied in early April, again late April and a final spray mid-May.
    About 3 weeks later it was all completely dead, and 4 years on it's not returned.
    But be warned, it will almost certainly kill anything green that the spray lands on. So use it on a calm day and be careful where you spray and use a coarse spray.

    It will have no effect on tree stumps, I believe SBK Brushoowd and Stump Killer (or something that sounds about the same) is often recommended

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  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,923
    are the stumps showing any sign of growth? if not there's nothing you can add to them to make them rot faster, you can dig them out or burn them out that's it.
    Glyphosate is a weedkiller, so it'll kill any stumps that are growing but then you'd still have to remove them or let them rot down naturally
  • Thanks both. The stumps aren't showing any signs of life, so I guess we'll have to dig them out. Will unpack the boxes in the house first! :smiley:
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