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Old 04-26-2016, 10:34 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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I sprayed roundup on the cut ends leading up to the canopy and down into the ground.Is roundup what everyone means by herbicide? Roundup is all I have.


Yeah, it is. You can also use agricultural grade vinegar (or just regular vinegar). There's really no need to treat what's going onto the canopy. That will die off on its own.
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Old 04-26-2016, 10:35 AM
 
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Yeah, it is. You can also use agricultural grade vinegar (or just regular vinegar). There's really no need to treat what's going onto the canopy. That will die off on its own.

About how often to spay?Once day?every other day?
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Old 04-26-2016, 10:38 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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About how often to spay?Once day?every other day?

When I have gone chemical on ivy I've waited 5 or so days between treatments.
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Old 04-26-2016, 10:58 AM
 
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When I have gone chemical on ivy I've waited 5 or so days between treatments.

Sounds good .Thank you for all the advice. It's been a big help.
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Old 04-26-2016, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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Roundup is better than nothing, but it won't work as well as Brush Killer containing triclopyr, and I seriously doubt its going to jump from the ivy roots to the oak roots.
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Old 04-26-2016, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in America
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Why take down the trees? All you have to do is cut the ivy. Yes the vine is think. It will take some work. We had to do this at our house. We cut about 1 inch out of the ivy vine near the base of the tree. The ivy all died within a year. The trees look much better now!
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Old 04-26-2016, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Hampstead NC
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Something else.The ivy has spread into the woods on the ground behind my house. Can I chop it up with a hoe to kill it?Put roundup on it?or do both? I was thinking about using my tiller to till the ivy but the soil in the woods would be hard to till with lots of tree roots in it.
Grab the end of a vine on the ground, pull it up as far as it will go, then snip it off where it is stubbornly remaining attached to the ground. Repeat. I think you will find this more rewarding than your tree trunk project.

If you try to chop it up, the bits that are still in the ground will just keep growing.
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Old 04-26-2016, 04:32 PM
 
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The way to get rid of just the ivy -- and they do sound like monstrous specimens -- is to saw all the way through the vines close to the ground, and paint the cut faces of the vines (the ones that reach into the ground) with Round-up. DON'T SRPAY -- PAINT! Do it with every single vine. That will kill in ivy down to the root without bothering the oaks. Then you can go to work peeling the vines loose from the bark. If it's going to damage the bark to the point where it hurts the tree, just leave the vines where they are, dead.
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Old 04-26-2016, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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Why don't you leave it alone? Oak trees with ivy growing on them actually sound pretty.
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Old 04-26-2016, 09:56 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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My original thought was that maybe I should cut them down so the ivy doesn't spread to the tops of other nearby trees.
I think the trees need to be rescued. The longer you wait, the more entangled and suffocating (to the tree) the ivy will get, and the harder to remove after it dies (when you cut it). It was negligent of the former property owner to allow that situation to get that far.
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