Posted: 14/08/2013 at 21:41
We managed to dig our huge ivy roots out, but it did take a great deal of effort, mainly by my heroic Under Gardener . There were some little pieces of root left - we ensured that they had no leaves, and every time some leaves appeared we bruised them and then sprayed them with SBK Brushwood killer. After 18 months we've almost got it beaten
We don't have a dog in this garden, although we have one that visits, as do the neighbours' cats and lots of birds and hedgehogs. None have come to any harm from the SBK.
You don't have to spray it indiscriminately - just target any leaves. They will die - ivy cannot live if they cannot carry out photosynthesis and they can't do that if you kill off the leaves. You must spray every time you see fresh leaves, bruise them first so they soak up the liquid. When the plant has died the little adventitious roots that cling and help the ivy climb will eventually rot off the vine and you'll be able to pull the thick stems away from the wall and dig and wrestle the roots out of the soil.