Getting rid of ivy in the garden is not an easy task…
The walls, the trees, the plants, the hedges… nothing escapes him.
The problem is that it can ruin everything…
So I asked Marc, my neighbor gardener, how naturally eradicate invasive ivy.
Here are 7 tips that work to get rid of ivy. Look :
1. Put a mulch on the creeping ivy
Utilize a mulch is a simple solution to overcome the creeping ivy.
And this, definitely!
This is an ingenious trick for eliminating ivy around plants, in cedars or in lawns and turf.
The great advantage of this natural and free technique is that it kills ivy while preserving other plants.
It is therefore very effective for creeping ivy.
For example, if you have ivy growing under a hedge, feel free to use this technique.
There are several kinds of mulch: with dead leaves, cut grass, straw, wood chips or cardboard.
In any case, all you have to do is cover the area concerned with your support…
And wait, as explained here.
The lack of light will eventually kill the ivy.
Why ? Because he cannot make his photo synthesis.
And it is also very effective to keep it from growing back.
2. Cut and pull the climbing ivy
Exactly… Are you looking for a technique to remove climbing ivy quickly?
Here is a drastic method to remove it.
It takes quite a bit of effort, but it is 100% natural !
Simply rip it out and cut it.
To make it easier for you, it is better to water it.
For this, use your garden hose.
This softens the branches, trunk and roots.
Why soften them?
Because we will have to cut in the hard!
It all depends on the size of the trunk…
You should know that ivy can have a fairly thick trunk when left to grow for a long time.
It’s almost like a tree.
Start by cutting the highest parts.
They are younger and easier to cut.
By hand, carefully peel them off the wall.
Be careful, you have to go slowly so as not to damage the surface.
You can help yourself with a screwdriver to lift the branches.
When the branches are thick, cut them into several pieces with your secateurs.
Then cut the trunk at the base.
Then clean the front with a metal brush.
The wall on which the ivy climbed is fragile?
So you have to be twice as careful!
Because if you pull on the twigs suddenly, you will also tear off pieces of the support.
In this case, you have to be patient.
Cut off as much as possible, but especially shear off the trunk.
And wait for the foliage to die off naturally.
It is then much easier to remove it.
3. Spray the ivy with a cider vinegar, salt and washing-up liquid treatment
Another effective grandmother’s recipe: cider vinegar and salt.
By spraying a mixture of cider vinegar and salt on the plants, a remarkable result is obtained in destroying them.
Because both are natural products that attack ivy.
The dishwashing liquid makes the mixture more viscous and allows it to adhere better to the ivy leaves.
The effectiveness of your treatment is therefore greater.
To make your homemade weed killer, follow this simple recipe.
Then, spray your magic potion on the plants and wait 5 days.
After 5 days, you see them wasting away.
All you have to do is gently pull them out.
Finally, treat the roots as shown below.
Repeat until you get to the end of it.
Whatever your technique, there is still one major problem to solve: the roots.
You can of course dig deep to pull them out.
But also using one of these tips below greatly increases the efficiency of your approach.
You are thus sure to get rid of it permanently. And it’s much easier than digging…
4. Pour boiling water over the ivy roots
For remove roots permanentlypour over the boiling water to weed.
Put it directly on the foot of your invasive plant.
It will end up burning the roots and all that remains is to remove the plant by hand.
It takes a bit of time, but it’s effective.
Of course, some recommend adding a little bleach (or even hydrochloric acid) to ensure its destruction.
But it is a very toxic product that contaminates the ground.
If you have pets, we don’t recommend it.
On the other hand, the clever and economical trick is to use thecooking water potatoes.
It’s radical… and natural.
It is enough to repeat the operation every week to have a definitive result.
The roots will die and so will the plant.
5. Pour white vinegar over the roots
To reduce the roots to nothing, you can pour over them a mixture of White vinegar and water.
It’s well known.
White vinegar is a powerful natural weed killer.
So you can use it for remove ivy roots effectively without getting tired.
In a bottle, mix 1 part white vinegar and 4 parts water.
Pour over the roots.
Watch new growth closely.
As soon as there is one that points its nose, hop!
Use your homemade weed killer again.
Eventually, the plant dies.
6. Use white vinegar and salt to kill the roots
For even greater efficiency, you can add salt.
This eco-friendly DIY herbicide is even more drastic if used on a sunny day.
The acidity of white vinegar kills plants and salt dries them up definitively.
Discover the recipe for this homemade weed killer here.
It is ideal for ivy growing on walls or between stones.
It works very well along the walls on the floor.
But beware, know that this weed killer is powerful and kills everything in its path.
So if you have other plants nearby, save them!
Once the roots die, the rest of the plant follows.
7. Spread baking soda at the base of the ivy
To kill the evil at the root, in this case, the ivy, one can resort to baking soda.
Its use is very simple and practical to act in a localized way.
You have to spread bicarbonate at the roots.
Put about 20g/M2 and make sure to spare your lawns and flower beds.
Gently, the rain and the dew dissolve the bicarbonate powder.
This will penetrate the earth, diffuse and attack the roots then the ivy dies.
It is a long-term action that requires no effort.
Very handy, isn’t it?
On the other hand, heavy rain can wash away the soil.
And the treatment becomes ineffective.
Then you have to start over.
What to do with cut ivy?
Finally got rid of your wild ivy?
And you naturally wonder what to do with cut or uprooted plants.
One thing is certain: do not put them in the compost.
It could take root again.
Instead, throw it in the green waste to get rid of it once and for all.
But do you know that ivy can have a certain use?
For example, one of its uses is to make homemade laundry detergent.
Or it can be used to revive the black colors of clothes.
It is also an interesting grandmother’s remedy to fight against cellulite.
Should we get rid of ivy?
Finally, don’t forget that the ivy is also home to a whole animal world: insects, butterflies, small birds, lizards…
It therefore has an important role to play.
But that’s not all.
For the foliage of the ivy on a house also plays the role of green wall. It protects against heat.
It absorbs 28% of the sun’s radiation.
Interesting when you know that temperatures are rising!
In addition, thanks to the evaporation of its leaves, it also refreshes the exterior.
In winter, it protects against the wind and therefore helps to warm your home.
Think about it before you cut it!
The best time to get rid of ivy is early fall.
Remember that ivy can cause allergies.
So you need to protect.
Before getting into it, put on a long-sleeved shirt and wear gloves.
Have you tried these tips for removing invasive ivy? Tell us in comment if it worked for you. We can’t wait to read you!
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