What Is English Ivy and How Do I Control It?
WHAT IS ENGLISH IVY?
English ivy is a tough and troublesome weed. Left alone, it spreads up trees and even onto buildings. Its powerful vines can penetrate trees and cracks in buildings, and can lead to rotting if left untreated.
ENGLISH IVY, CLIMB NO MORE: 3 WAYS TO STOP IT
Keep off trees
Cut vines that begin to grow up trees. When ivy grows upwards, it flowers and produces fruit. Then, birds disperse the fruit and English ivy will spread farther.
Treat with Roundup® Poison Ivy Plus Tough Brush Killer
Got a tree consumed in ivy? Don’t worry, you can still stop the vines from climbing higher. Clear a 1-to-2-foot-tall section around the trunk at chest height. Then, use clippers, loppers, or a small saw to cut through the vines. Below the cleared area, spray the vines and leaves with Roundup® Poison Ivy Plus Tough Brush Killer. Super important tip: Don't soak the bark, or you might end up with a dead tree.
Ivy has shallow roots, so it’s easy to hand pull the vines. If there are thicker mats of ivy, use a shovel to pry up the roots. English ivy can also be smothered by placing a thick layer of newspaper or cardboard on top of it, followed by mulch.
REPLENISH BY REPLACEMENT
Once English ivy is removed from the ground, you can replace it with another, less aggressive ground cover. Pennsylvania sedge, wild ginger, partridge berry, Christmas fern, or Allegheny spurge are just a few great native ground covers that look nice and won’t become a burden.