Posted: 26/09/2014 at 17:55
The reason the hedge trimmer is not suitable is that if you just trim the ivy you will encourage it! Big time. You don't have to go up a high ladder if you are unable to.
Force your way through the plant to the gable end of the garage and cut or saw the ivy stems right across the wall. Make sure there is a gap between the two cut ends of the stems or they will grow together again.
Sadly this is all going to look very ugly, but this ivy has been allowed to get out of hand. Pop into the garage and check if it is growing under the roof inside.
If you or your partner (sorry don't know which is which from your name) is pregnant, they shouldn't be going up ladders if they are not used to it. (As a dairy farmer, now retired, I didn't let pregnancy get in the way of such normal activities as climbing ladders and milking cows - chance would have been a fine thing ).
I only mention the ivy dust because in the context of sugarcraft, ivy leaves have to be washed before sugarpaste is pressed onto them. I don't think you should worry about it because in that instance the icing is going to be eaten.