How to Kill English Ivy With Roundup

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How to Kill English Ivy With Roundup
Killing English ivy with Roundup. (ivy image by Alison Bowden from

English ivy can be a nuisance to gardeners because of its vigorous growth that can cover windows and other areas of the home. It's important to eradicate English ivy before it crowds or competes with other ornamental vines. By using a herbicide such as Roundup, you can kill the vine and restore the aesthetics of the exterior of your home.

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Things you need

  • Bypass shears
  • Ladder
  • Herbicide
  • Spray bottle
  • Container
  • Plastic

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  1. 1

    Protect other surrounding ornamental plants by cutting the ivy with bypass shears. Pick a place on the vine anywhere from five to six inches away from the other plants. Cut the ivy's vines and pull away from the wall. Use a ladder for removing tall vines.

  2. 2

    Pull up from the ivy's roots or place a shovel three inches away from the root system and lift the ivy's roots from underneath. Remove the ivy close to low ornamental plants by the roots or place a shovel three inches away from the root system and lift the ivy's roots from underneath.

  3. 3

    Mix up 14.8ml. of Roundup with one gallon of water in a hand-held sprayer. Use a measuring spoon to calculate the correct amount of concentrated Roundup.

  4. 4

    Spray the English Ivy from the leaves to the root system of the plant. If you are spraying near an ornamental plant, transplant the plant to a container until the ivy is under control or place a piece of plastic over the plant.

Tips and warnings

  • Choose a dry day that has temperatures above 12.8 degrees Celsius to kill your English ivy with Roundup. Because Roundup can potentially kill surrounding plants, it is better to pick a day without rain to reduce the amount of the herbicide that can spill off to flowers, trees and other vines.
  • Repeat the application of the herbicide in seven days.
  • Purchase Roundup Pro® Concentrate for killing English Ivy. According to Plant Conservation Alliance, this particular type of the brand Roundup has shown the most successful results when killing off English Ivy.
  • Wear goggles, long sleeves, long trousers and gloves before spraying the Roundup formula.
  • Remove English ivy if it is within close proximity of children and pets, because both the berries and the leaves contain glycoside hederin, which is poisonous.

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