How to remove ivy: Simple method removes ‘persistent’ ivy from gardens
English ivy can be found in gardens across the UK. While it is common, it can be seen as invasive due to its ability to climb and attach itself to fences, walls, buildings and trees.
Removing ivy can be difficult as it is moisture-resistant and has thick, glossy leaves.
Now, fans of cleaning and lifestyle influencer Mrs Hinch, whose full name is Sophie Hinchliffe, have shared their advice for removing ivy.
On one Facebook group called Mrs Hinch Gardening Tips, Joy Comben Allen posted: “This ivy is taking over not only this tree but the whole flower bed but this is the worse part.
“I’ve sprayed it every night for over a week with Round Up but it’s not doing a thing.
“I tried digging it up last year but it just keeps coming back. Any advice please.”
The post was inundated with responses but the most suggested method was to dig up the plant’s roots.
Helen Reid said: “Ivy is very persistent, you need to get the main root out and as much as the surrounding roots.
“Depending on where it is, if nothing growing nearby, small amount of acid will kill anything left in the ground.
“If you have nearby plants, just break anything left in the ground. It should work.”
Beth Carlisle replied: “Dig up the roots – I have a similar issue creeping under the fence.
“I cut stems about four inches above ground to pull away the creepers but need to leave a piece at ground level to let us pull up the root.”
Other suggestions from Mrs Hinch fans included using a stronger weed killer.
Karen Sim said: “You need stronger ivy killer and cut then put onto the roots.
“Nothing else will kill it. I’ve had it in my garden for 30 years and it was the only way I could kill it. Took many attempts though. Diesel kills it as well.”
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