Posted: 12/02/2017 at 12:58
My problem is similar - ivy growing up into a dense holly hedge - lethal to get near so not too easy to pull out, and then the birds drop seed and it pops up all over the place. I try to use a rake to get under the hedge and pull it nearer enough to grab hold of, and of course pull out all those pesky seedlings that come up. For me, ivy in the wrong place is similar to brambles - persistant and reluctant to be culled. I seem to remember somebody mentioning a gel that you could paint onto the leaves that would be taken down to the roots?
In contrast I do have some beautiful ivy clothing a six foot high fence between me and my neighbour.
Perhaps there is a place for both having where appropriate and not having where it's not wanted|?