Ivy can look beautiful on a brick home. During the summer months, the ivy blooms with flowers, adds a thick green texture to the wall and gives your home a woodsy feel. There is a dark side to ivy, though. Ivy tendrils dig deep into brick and can actually grow through the brick and mortar, damaging your home. It will squeeze behind your spouting, through window coping and eventually damage your eaves and roof. If you see any of this happening to your house, you need to kill the ivy tendrils and pull the ivy away from your house.
Cut the ivy just above ground level with a pair of pruning or tree limb shears. Allow a week for the ivy to die and dry out. This will weaken the tendrils that grip onto the brick. This also eliminates damage as you pull the ivy away from the wall. If possible, wait until the winter months to complete this task as the ivy will be at its weakest.
Place a ladder securely against the wall so you can reach the highest point of the ivy.
Pull the ivy, starting from the ground and work your way up. Keep a pair of shears with you as you work your way up the ladder.
Cut the ivy below any spouting that the ivy travels behind and then pull the remaining ivy up from behind the spouting and continue to separate the ivy from the wall.
Pull ivy out of any coping and eaves that it has worked its way into. If necessary, use a silicone caulk to seal any damage to the metal coping or eaves.
It is possible that the ivy growing on your home is poison ivy. If you are not sure, protect yourself by wearing work gloves and a long-sleeve shirt. When finished, discard the gloves and shirt, if possible. If not, wash them immediately.
Tips and warnings
- It is possible that the ivy growing on your home is poison ivy. If you are not sure, protect yourself by wearing work gloves and a long-sleeve shirt. When finished, discard the gloves and shirt, if possible. If not, wash them immediately.
Things you need
- Regular shears or pruning shears
- Silicone caulk
- Rubber gloves
- Long-sleeve shirt