How to Kill an Ivy Plant at the Root

Updated April 17, 2017

Although ivy may serve as a great decorative element for some homes, it may also be an eyesore for many others. Not to mention that some ivy plants have the ability to do major damage to the structural integrity of your home. Therefore, love them or hate them, it is a good idea to learn how to properly get rid of ivy.

Dig deep into the soil of the ivy plant and pull out, making sure to include all its roots. Once you have pulled out the roots, shake off as much dirt as you can.

Check for any roots which may be left in the ground. Any roots left in the ground will definitely sprout new ivy growth again. You can even sift the soil through a hardware screen, to ensure you're leaving no roots behind.

Use a herbicide on any new growth immediately. Ivy plants are especially resistant to herbicides due to a waxy film that they develop on their leaves. You need to spray the new growth with herbicide early before this film develops. The herbicide will then conduct through the remaining root system.

Keep an eye out for future new growth. Ivy does not go away easily, and you may see new growth spring up months later.


It is very important to remember that getting rid of the root system is key in killing the ivy plant. Without killing the roots, the plant will continue to grow and spread.


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