Some people think it's impossible to get rid of ivy but you CAN kill ivy if you follow these 4 steps! It's been over a year, so I can confidently say it worked! Not a single sprig of ivy came back! If your ivy is out of control, fear not, this can work for you.
Below is a photo of my neighbors trees, notice the ivy was choking out and killing their Leland cypress trees, and it was killing all our privacy shrubs that were finally huge after 20 patient years.
Ivy is not a desirable ground cover, it can kill everything including beautiful trees....plus, it's a haven for snakes and rodents.
Photo of Ivy that climbed trees and killed them
Four steps to kill ivy forever:1) Pull out ivy by the roots, yes, it's grueling work, and to make matters worse, mine came from my neighbors yard, I didn't even plant it! So, spending the time to pull it out was not fun. But at least it's good exercise! Be sure to wear long sleeve shirt and gloves, or you'll probably get poison ivy during the process! Note: you must get all the ivy that is growing up the bark of trees as well. This part's important: bag it up and toss it, do NOT mulch it!
2) Spray salt water at each root. Be careful not to spray it close to your shrubs.
3) Put down thick black plastic (sold by the bolt at Home depot or Lowes), this step is important!
4) Get a load of cheap clay dirt (I got it free from a builder who was bull dozing at a commercial sight). Spread it on top of the black plastic. Top this clay with mulch (if you want a natural area), or with top soil and grass seed. Now for the reward - see the amazing transformation below!!
If you desire privacy, you can now plant arborvitae evergreen trees (also known as big giant). They are much more resistant to damage than leland cypress.
Zero Ivy after more than a year
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