I am not an experienced gardener, and we have recently bought a house with a beautiful and well established garden. Having now been in a month we have realised that there is ivy running through most shrubs and covering a lot of the ground, holly also in shrubs and little sprouts scatted around the garden and in paving cracks, and some under the house, and cyclamen that seems to have got everywhere - in the lawn, in cracks in paving, and even through to the grass on the verge by the pavement in front of the house.
Is it possible to trim them back without having to kill them, or to dispose of some but not all?
How do we cut them back enough to control them?
Any advice is greatly appreciated!