How to kill stubborn English ivy in your garden using two ingredients

Kill stubborn English ivy in your garden for good using 2 ingredients - not white vinegar
Ivy can be a real nightmare to get rid of -Credit:(Image: Getty)


English ivy, also known as Hedera helix, is a fast-growing plant that can cling to the sides of homes and fences. While it may appear attractive, its sticky aerial roots attach firmly to surfaces and can cause damage.

Chris Bonnett from GardeningExpress.co.uk said: "A few strands of ivy can look great in a garden as the plant can add some much-needed greenery into the space and transform dull-like fences or walls to look visually appealing."

He added: "However, ivy can be a nuisance to keep in the garden as it can grow quickly and attach itself to houses and trees."

In some instances, it can make trees become top heavy which can ultimately make them topple over. "If English ivy starts to grow over leaves and plants it can cause significant damage as they'll not be able to receive the nutrients they need from sunlight."

To remove unwanted ivy, the expert advised cutting the roots and pulling them up initially, reports the Express.

If the roots are not pulled up, the plant can and will continue to grow across the garden. Chris further added: "Apple cider vinegar and salt can be used to get rid of any lingering strands and prevent them from returning."

"Put on some gardening gloves and rub the solvent onto the ivy as using a spray bottle could damage nearby plants."

The acidic content in the mixture along with the salt will help to kill the ivy as well as dry it out. Salt dehydrates plants and disrupts the internal water balance of the ivy, resulting in its death.

Ensure to apply the solution on a dry day or when the weather forecast predicts dry conditions for several days. The mixture should start working immediately, eliminating the remaining ivy within five days.