How to Remove English Ivy Roots From Block Walls

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How to Remove English Ivy Roots From Block Walls
English ivy roots can become invasive. (English Ivy image by Keith Pinto from

English ivy is a fast-growing vine that grows along the surface of the ground as well as up vertical surfaces such as walls and buildings. While many people like the look that ivy creates on a block wall, it can damage the mortar on older walls. The vine clings to the wall via short, hairy tendrils that burrow into the brick and mortar. For this reason, removing the ivy is more difficult than just pulling it off.

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Things you need

  • Hand pruners
  • Trash bag
  • Bucket
  • Water
  • Dish soap
  • Scrub brush
  • Garden hose

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  1. 1

    Grasp the uppermost part of one ivy vine along the top edge of the block wall. Pull it away from the wall slowly so that you also remove as many of the tendrils as possible.

  2. 2

    Continue puling the ivy off of the wall until you reach the bottom of the wall. Locate the base of the ivy plant and cut it off at the surface of the soil using hand pruners.

  3. 3

    Repeat the process to remove all other English ivy vines from the block wall. Place all of the cut vines into a trash bag for disposal.

  4. 4

    Rub a nylon scrub brush over the surfaces of the blocks and the mortar joints to dislodge as many of the remaining root tendrils as possible.

  5. 5

    Fill a bucket with 1 gallon of water and 2 to 3 tbsp of liquid dish soap. Dip the scrub brush into the soap mixture and apply it to the wall to loosen the remaining ivy tendrils. Scrub the entire surface of the wall with the brush, reapplying additional soap solution as needed.

  6. 6

    Rinse off the entire wall with a garden hose to remove the soap residue.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not pull or yank the English ivy off of the block wall since this may also break off pieces of the block or the mortar.

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