English ivy is known for its shiny dark green leaves and ability to cling to tree trunks, vinyl siding, and just about any other outdoor surface that is relatively sturdy. Because ivy vines tend to rob plants and trees from receiving enough sunlight and can conceal the beauty of your home's structure, destroying and removing the vines is in your best interest.
Cut Through Vines And Apply A Brush Killer
The root system of an English ivy plant usually stays near ground level, but due to the system's design, the roots tend to be anchorlike and take a firm grip into the earth. To eliminate ivy vines, a cut needs to be made through the bottom of each stem. Before getting started, walk around your lawn and inspect all of the surfaces that are covered with ivy.
Put on a pair of gloves so that your hands aren't subjected to insect bites or an allergic reaction to any poisonous plants that are growing in the vicinity. Use a pair of pruning shears to clip through the bottom of each vine. Use a soft-bristled brush to apply shrub and brush killer to the cut ends that were made through each vine.
If the vines are growing in layers, it may be difficult to determine if every single vine plant has been cut. Don't worry about this for the time being. After you eliminate the first layer of vines, you can make additional cuts through any vines that were not killed with the initial treatment.
Pull Vines Loose From Structures And The Ground
After applying the brush killer, wait for the vine leaves to wilt and become discolored. This will be a clear indication that the vines have died. Dead English ivy vines will be easier to pull loose from structures and the ground in comparison to live vines. When you are ready to remove the vines, grasp the end of each vine that is attached to a tree or your home and pull the vine stems outward.
Pull upward on the vine sections that are coming directly from the ground. If any of the roots won't release from the dirt, use a spade to remove some of the dirt that surrounds each vine stem. Dispose of all of the vines inside of a lawn bag. It is advised that you do not attempt to compost the ivy vines.
The main reason to avoid composting is because any roots that were not effectively destroyed after applying the brush killer may take hold in a new section of the ground if one or more of the vine pieces blows out of a composting container. If there is any vine residue on the trees or your home's exterior, simply rinse off the dirty areas and use a soft brush or sponge to remove vine fragments.
Contact a service, like Potestio Brothers Equipment, Inc., for more help.