How to Kill English Ivy Roots

Updated February 21, 2017

English Ivy can be a beautiful climbing vine, but the vines can climb over just about everything: trees, shrubs, lawn, even the brickwork of houses. Killing the vines takes elbow grease, but with the help of a solution, you can effectively kill the roots for good.

Cut the stem of the ivy vine 2 inches above ground level. If the ivy has completely overgrown the garden, cut the vines at various places to make it easier to cut the stems.

Mix a solution of 25 per cent glyphosat--which is sold under various brand names and available in home and garden stores and online--and 75 per cent water.

Apply the solution to the cross-section of the stem of the ivy immediately after cutting. Do this in the fall when the weather is still warm.

Repeat Stops 1 to 3 in the winter when the ivy is dormant, if necessary, to prevent/control new seedlings in the spring. This will kill any other ivy roots that had planted or had not been killed during the first solution.


Be careful to not get this solution on surrounding plants, flowers or trees as it could kill them as well as the vines. However, this solution can be used to kill weeds.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden shears
  • Glyphosate
  • Water
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