My husband and I purchased our first home earlier this year. We have a
nice patch of english ivy growing in part of our yard. I love the ivy,
it stays in its place (except for a little growing up the trees) and I
want to keep it. So then the problem. It is full of poison ivy, tiny
trees, leaves and sticks from years of neglect by the previous owner.
I have trimmed and pulled and cut the weeds and trees once and don't
want to keep doing it. Can anyone give suggestions on cleaning up my
beautiful ivy patch without killing the ivy. I'm most concerned about
the poison ivy as I am highly alergic.
Hire someone to remove the poison ivy (health) and be careful later in
"My doctor says I have a malformed public-duty gland
and a natural deficiency in moral fiber, and that I am therefore
excused from saving Universes."
You could control it yourself by carefully painting RoundUp on the
leaves. The kind that foams up is even easier to use (spray the foam
into a cup then apply the foam to the PI with a soft brush.) I've
used this method--it works, although can be time-consuming. You can
treat PI without touching it, but I would advise against cutting it or
pulling it out. You will need to treat PI as it appears each year.
Yes, this really works. The technique involves pulling the leaf taut
with one (gloved) hand,
and paint with the other, though not pulling it works, just not 100%.
Three or four leaves per four feet vine usually suffice, if applied
in May (best time for this, right now it does not work). I cleaned a
patch of pachysandra this way
and the next year there was a single vine coming up (out of twenty). I
killed that, too, and that
was the end of PI. By now the pachysandra is too thick for PI to sprout
in. The ivy, too, will
eventually close canopy and prevent further sprouting.
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