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Removing Ivy

Hello guys,

When we moved in, the right side of the garden was full of Ivy (I think that's what it was), and I didnt like it. So after hours of manual labour we managed to get rid of it. Pulled out the stalks we could, but some were too tough and seemed it went under the flower bed. 

2 months later, can see signs of it growing back image what's the best solution? 

I'm thinking of taking the soil out altogether now. on the ground floor, we can see it coming from out the ground bricked paving)


So what would you guys think the best way to tackle this?


 Btw, thats my garden hehe, please excuse the rubbish lol.



  • DaintinessDaintiness EssexPosts: 980

    You will not be able to dig out the roots so you have to treat the plant with a weedkiller that will travel down through the plant to the roots - it will kill the whole plant.

    Don't cut down the plant until you can see signs that it is beginning to die (probably several weeks after you apply the weedkiller). If any parts of the ivy start to grow back treat it with Glysophate again. Sometimes you will need to re-treat tough plants like ivy several times in order to kill them off. Follow directions on the packet. Be aware that Glysophate will kill any plant that it touches.

  • cleverduckcleverduck Posts: 21

    Oh thanks. I see.

    So is  Glysophate a weedkiller? If so, where can I purchase it from? 


    Should I take the soil out then spray the area or spray it as is?

  • me londonme london Posts: 119

    We found that no chemicals really helped on their own, had a huge and very persistent ivy in my better half's old garden, and we ended up removing as much Ivy as possible, then taking a saw to the stub of root left behind and just kept damaging it & putting the chemical on it then. I'd wished we had had an axe! Took 3 goes over a few months, but it finally died. They are very hard to kill and it takes some time.  Good luck!

  • Scott EdwardsScott Edwards Posts: 227

    I would recommend that you cut the ivy right the way down to the ground and then spray with Glsophate weed killer any new growth. The new ivy leaves will absorb the weed killer far better than older waxy ivy leaves do. You will need to be patient as it will probably require a few applications.

  • stuchersstuchers Posts: 3

    I had the same problem. Bought rosate 36 from Amazon which is an industrial strength glyphosate and it is working well. Clear the dead ivy after the first treatment then keep spraying as new shoots appear. I used 50ml per litre.

  • cleverduckcleverduck Posts: 21
    stuchers wrote (see)

    Bought rosate 36 from Amazon 


    Aah cool thanks, i'll be doing the same.

    How much of it did you need in the end? 

  • landgirl100landgirl100 Posts: 655

    I think your ivy looks beautiful cascading down like that, can't you just cut it back where it annoys? You won't find anything else that does such a good cover-up job!

  • My ivy creeps across ground under shrubs and trees and suppresses weeds. It can look good covering bare soil and save you work. Probably good for wildlife too. Certainly provides food for bees at end of year to stock them up for winter.

  • whatever you do, don't compost the dead runners after the glyphosate - it would  pollute your fresh compost and make it unusable for years to come.

  • cleverduckcleverduck Posts: 21

    Thanks alot guys. 


    As always very helpful. Appreciate it.


    In regards to keeping it, I just don't like the look of it. I'd rather get rid of that and make use of that space for something else (I know i wont be able to use it anytime soon after the Gyphosate) 

    I'd rather plant things that I can cook and with to be honest. But that's just my opinion really.

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