Gardening expert shares three simple ways to kill English ivy in your garden

Ivy on the wall of an old building
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English ivy can thrive in gardens for a considerable time before causing any issues, but it's advised to manage its growth as much as possible. This involves confining it to a specific area of the garden and monitoring its growth towards any buildings.

If it starts infiltrating cracks or joints, it could lead to structural problems, so an expert has provided advice on how to eliminate the plant. Gena Lorainne, a gardening specialist at Fantastic Services, explained that merely pulling the plant away from the wall won't suffice due to its incredibly adhesive roots.

Root removal

The expert stated: "The best way to remove ivy from a wall is to cut through the stem with a sharp saw and then dig out the root."

"Once the foliage has died, you can carefully remove the stuck-on stems with a wire brush. If it covers the ground, dig it up with a mattock or fork and dispose of it elsewhere," reports the Express.

"Alternatively, if the ground does not need to be planted, remove all the top growth, cover it with weed-control fabric, and add some mulch 10cm to 15cm deep."

Using weed killer

According to Gena, English ivy can also be treated with a weed killer containing glyphosate. However, gardeners should exercise extreme caution when using this as it can kill any nearby plants.

The gardening professional added: "It will kill anything it touches. Spray lightly so the weed killer does not drop off the leaves, or, even better, crush and damage the leaves before spraying so they can absorb more weedkiller." If you're tackling English ivy with weed killer, be prepared for multiple applications and choose dry weather for the task.

White vinegar

For a natural alternative, mix a simple homemade solution. Gena advises: "Pour 80 per cent water and 20 per cent vinegar into a container. Ensure that you don't harm any other plants while spraying the ivy plants."

She adds: "Observe the results after a few days. Remove any dead ivy and reapply the same solution as needed." White vinegar's acetic acid is particularly good at drying out roots, making it an effective herbicide.

However, caution is required as the mixture of white vinegar and water can also kill other plants if sprayed too close.