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Monday, April 28, 2014

Kill Ivy forever with 4 steps, before it kills your trees and cracks the mortar in your brick.

You can kill Ivy by following these four steps precisely. Other blogs say the ivy will keep coming back but I can tell you this procedure WORKED! If you're considering Ivy as a ground cover know that it can take over your trees, your shrubs, your lawn, it will choke out & kill everything. It can even ruin the foundation of your home. It's illegal to plant ivy in some states, for good reason.

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.


AFTER 

BEFORE 
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!

Don't let the above photo scare you! You don't need a Skid Steer or Bob Cat unless you have a massive area. If you do decide to rent one, or to hire it done, be sure to get one with tracks instead of rubber tires, so it won't leave ruts in your yard.

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.
AFTER
Zero Ivy after more than a year 
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