Start a new thread

21 to 37 of 37 replies


That's just how it was here when we moved in - and right up to the top of the house gable!!!  All gone now 

I think you all need to see this

Oh gosh! That sounds rather worrying! Luckily I've never used weed killer in my life 

Is there any way of killing my neighbours ivy from my side of the fence? She is a very elderly lady and the garden is unkempt I am beyond annoyed of cutting back an 8 foot section along the fence where it is growing through the panels and over the top, it is starting to damage the fence which we own and I am wondering if there is something I can put on the shoots that are growing over our side that will travel down the stem and kill it her side?



Have you read allof  this thread Amy? I think all the possibilities have been mentioned

Amy, you can't do that legally....poison or kill plants or trees in a neighbour's property. You could get sued for damages and replacement.


You've no choice but to prune back or contact your neighbour to try and find a solution. She may well be open to killing it off anyway, you just have to make sure she is in agreement over such action.


Glysophate applied intravenously will kill Ivy without a  problem, i used the same method to kill two huge and overgrown Cypress type conifers. I drilled three holes (10mm diameter) round the base of the trees and topped them up once a day with glysophate. One died within a year , the biggest, about 30ft high with almost the same spread took slightlly longer, they have yielded to my chain saw this week, hugely satisfying !

Vinegar (acetic acid) works, but it needs to be 20 percent, not the kind you get at your grocers, which is 5-6 percent. I used it on ivy last year. It needs about three days of sun to work as water washes it away.

I want to remove a substantial ivy bush - the stems are as broad as my thighs if not larger - and want to confirm how based on theses threads

1. Cut it right back and leave stumps

2. Drill hols in the 3 or 4 thigh sized stumps and fill with glysophate

How long does this take to kill it off? How long should I leave it before plating a riased bed over the stumps? I'd like toi get everything sorted quickly!



I have ivy and dont want to get rid of it.  My house was origianally part of a large estate and there were a number of large trees too near the house.  The previous owner cut the trees down but left the trunk on one in the middle of the garden.  It is now covered in ivy.  It is home to loads of birds, insects, squirrels and the bees adore it.  As its in the middle of the garden its easy to keep in check.  It acts as a motorway service area for lots and lots of wildlife.

 SBK mixed double strength with paraffin instead of water  will definitely do the job. especially good when new leaves present. 


Does anyone know if the under ground roots are big enough to cuase structural damage if the plant is killed off? I know if you remove or kill a tree within 5m of a house water seeps back in and can cause heave.


SBK and roundup are bad enough let alone mixing them with paraffin or using vinegar, what else are you killing? I just cover mine with composted bark chippings and while a bit still comes up it is easy to dig it out. The only place I have a lot is on my neighbours fence. It has woven onto my side through the fence and is the only thing now holding the fence up. I cut it once a year using a hedge cutter with a sheet underneath so that I catch all the bits I cut off so they don't root on my side. I always do this once it has finished berrying as all the birds love it. I did once have a beautiful old elm stump covered in ivy and once it had finished flowering and berrying I cut it into a topiary shape. It obviously didn't like this idea and promptly died which I was rather upset about as it was the nicest ivy in the garden. 


I have been reading this with interest as I have an old field hedge with lleyandii growing in it which was "invaded" by ivy years ago.

I had someone help in the garden last Summer and they thought to kill the ivy by cutting wrist-thick trunks at the base and poisoning them.  Only problem was that the ivy was so well established that, by doing so, they forced the ivy to draw from the host hedge trees and this has caused the hedge to die wherever the ivy was sucking it dry!

This year I pulled out about ten "dumpy" bags of ivy, removing it ALL, and hope the hedge will one day recover.  So- no, do not rely on merely cutting it at the base and hoping it will die away.  If it is well and truly rooted on its host it will treat the host like soil.  ;)

Now to tackle the ivy roots under the decimated hedge in order to replant some hawthorn and field maple I lost...  Will be drilling and filling...


I am fighting with some ivy right now.  The roots are long but the crown could easily be chopped off. If I can get this off and cut off all the roots  back as deep  as I can will this stop it regrowinq.

Or to put it more simply could it grow again once the crown is removed or could it put out shoots from any remaining roots?

Sign up or log in to post a reply