I have English Ivy growing on a hillside in my back yard.
I do need something there to prevent erosion of the soil.
However weeds do grow amoung the ivy,and I pull them out(they
do tend to come out easy).Is there anything I can do to prevent
the weeds from coming back,or at least cut down on my time pulling
these weeds? I would try a concentrated weed control(Ortho,
or Round Up),but I'm afraid it would kill the Ivy.The weed pulling is a
real pain.I pull weeds every 3 weeks it seems.
That's probably not what you want if you're concerned about erosion.
A mixture of species, some deep rooted, some less so, generally is much more
Try Preen or Preen & Green. Preen is a weed preventer & Preen & Green
is a weed preventer plus fertilizer. We use it with great results. Get
rid of all existing weeds and then work it into the soil according to
directions. It is a pre-emergence so won't hurt any existing weeds (or
plants) but prevents others from germinating and coming up.
The local radio garden show host claims that Round-Up will not kill English
Ivy. You try that on a small area to see what happens. You could also pull
the existing weed and then put down some Preen for Groundcover.
Research shows that English Ivy should be sprayed with a 2 or 3%
solution of Roundup-Pro (glyphosate) when 3 to 5 fully expanded new
leaves exist (early spring). Mature leaves are less receptive to such
control so the timing is critical.
This same control works with black berries, greenbrier, and similar had
to control waxy materials.
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Cheers, Steve Henning in Reading, PA USA
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