Posted: 22/11/2014 at 11:01
Do this NOW Chicky.
(funnily enough just come in from cutting back a Cotinus Royal Purple that, up to 3 years ago, was spoiled by ivy on the wall)
try to get to the woody base or as near as damn it. With secateurs or loppers cut at that point and again a few inches above it to remove a short joint. Do this at every woody point you can. If possible ...if the wood is of reasonable size.....cut a couple of notches in the remaining wood and paint with SBK. Glyphosate is pretty well useless unless you can damage/bruise enough ivy leaves in the growing season to allow it to penetrate. Even then it is hit and miss. You need to tackle the rootstock
returning to my cotinus, the ivy has gone. Just a dead piece or two of ivy wood at the base.