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Old 04-02-2009, 09:10 AM
 
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So no quick ways? Will we be able to plant anything in front of the house this summer? Or will whats growing back choke it out?
I suppose you can plant new stuff once you have cleared most of it away i.e. the first three steps. You will just have to remain vigilant with regards to the vine stems so as to keep yanking them. Make sure the new plants do not obscure your access.

Perhaps if you tilled and dug up the area as a last step, that might expidite it. When I removed some, I was not in a hurry and thus did it gradually.
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Old 04-03-2009, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Get to the root, and put some rock salt around them. Water them and the rock salt will seep into the soil...(if you have other plants around, only put a small amount of salt around the root of the plant). This is guaranteed to kill the plant, as I have used it to kill japaneese knot weeds and even some trees that were in inappropriate places that needed to be removed, and no one knew how to kill the things before chopping them down.

I found this by accident, while trying to kill some weeds and there was this beautiful purple tree that had the prettiest leaves that I have ever seen and I wanted to save it, so, I didnt put any salt around it...trouble is, the water from the rain washed the salt into the tree and killed it...I was bummed out!

I would even get a small tin can, cut it so that it opens and shove it into the dirt around the plant so that the salt will be contained and only go into the soil around your plant that you want killed.

May the LORD Bless each of you.

I wish you well...

Jesse
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Old 04-03-2009, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Albemarle, NC
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So no quick ways? Will we be able to plant anything in front of the house this summer? Or will whats growing back choke it out?
You can roundup the entire area several times. But then you'll need to wait a month and probably more for the soil to be fertile again. There is no easy way to remove English Ivy from the ground. Maybe a nuke.
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Old 04-03-2009, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Pembroke, GA
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So no quick ways? Will we be able to plant anything in front of the house this summer? Or will whats growing back choke it out?
Nope, nothing quick. If you plant shrubs in front of the house, the ivy will eventually take over it too, so just keep pulling.
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Old 04-03-2009, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Pembroke, GA
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Get to the root, and put some rock salt around them. Water them and the rock salt will seep into the soil...(if you have other plants around, only put a small amount of salt around the root of the plant). This is guaranteed to kill the plant, as I have used it to kill japaneese knot weeds and even some trees that were in inappropriate places that needed to be removed, and no one knew how to kill the things before chopping them down.

I found this by accident, while trying to kill some weeds and there was this beautiful purple tree that had the prettiest leaves that I have ever seen and I wanted to save it, so, I didnt put any salt around it...trouble is, the water from the rain washed the salt into the tree and killed it...I was bummed out!

I would even get a small tin can, cut it so that it opens and shove it into the dirt around the plant so that the salt will be contained and only go into the soil around your plant that you want killed.

May the LORD Bless each of you.

I wish you well...

Jesse
Hate to disagree, but salt will ruin the ground and nothing will grow there.
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Old 04-03-2009, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Albemarle, NC
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Nope, nothing quick. If you plant shrubs in front of the house, the ivy will eventually take over it too, so just keep pulling.
Exactly. See all that green? This photo was taken in Dec 24, 2008. Those aren't evergreen trees. That's Ivy.

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Old 04-03-2009, 08:49 PM
 
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My way is pretty much the Moth way. I pulled and clipped all of the long above ground runners. I used a garden fork to loosen the dirt and follow the roots through the soil, carefully and meticulously pulling, teasing out the roots. Only three sprouts emerged in the 24 by 40 foot area after I initially cleared it. I had one sprout the following spring, dug it, then started to plant.

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The Moth Method:

First, get some electric hedge trimmers and cut swathes through the area of ivy you want to remove. Make straight cuts down to the ground about every 2 or 3 feet.

Then, get a broomstick and insert it under the ivy and 'lever' the vines up.

Then, its time to pull and pull. And pull some more.

After all that, you are left with lots of small stems or stubs of vines that can grow back. Be vigilant and keep yanking them out of the ground.

This all takes time.
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Old 10-31-2010, 02:16 PM
 
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I'm disabled and can't afford to hire anyone so I need to kill at least the ivy that's going over all my rock walls and walk ways and there's alot. Is round-up the best and is there a specific kind of RU that I need to get, and can I buy it at OSH or Home Depot?
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Old 10-31-2010, 04:52 PM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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RoundUp is RoundUp and, yes, Home Depot carries it.
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Old 10-31-2010, 10:53 PM
 
Location: NW. MO.
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I have a vine issue too and a rose of sharon issue and a wild rose issue too, in fact. I buy the concentrated round up or brush killer and I use a paint brush or spray to wet the plant. The regular round up was killing nothing for me so I use it full strength concentrated. Got tired of doing it over and over again on the same plants. Just be careful it doesn't get on plants you want and I try not to breath it in either.
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