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How to control Boston Ivy and Parthenocissus

Hi there, I was wondering if anyone has some tips for controling ivy/climbers on the front of my house. I have noticed that some people's creeper-clad homes look very neat! Is there any magic way of encouraging it to 'stop' before it reaches the gutters or do I just prune evey year?  my house is attached to my neighbour so I also feel I have to stop it travelling across to their side. It is inclined to leave a big of a mess when I pull if off the wall unless I get there very early on.  I have managed to train it around my bay window but that is easy as I can reach it from a ladder.  Any suggestions.  Many thanks, Ivy Green


  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,214

    Google Virginia Creeper images and you will know the name of the beast.

    Hack, hack, chop, chop is the only answer. Or move down the road.

  • Thanks Waterbutts...had a feeling that was the answer...just had an idea about wire being used somehow but probably crossed wires on my part...whats the best time of year for hacking to encourage growth as little as possible?

  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,214


    If you cut it in November you'll have peace and quiet until the spring!image

  • Perfect! I like having all the wavy bits blowing around for Halloween!image

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