Having just trimmed back the ivy that has been growing up the side and end
of the garage for 20 odd years and now have to face the problem of getting
rid of the debris, my wife said, "let's get rid of it and have something a
bit more attractive and dainty." However, she claims that cutting it down
causes the roots to go a bit mad.
What is the view on cutting it down and using a chemical of the type used
for tree stumps? Would this render the soil inhospitable to something like
Forthcoming old age makes me believe the ivy has to go.
Ammonium sulphamate (NOT sulphate) will kill the roots but can only be
sold as a compost accelerator not a weed/stump killer any longer -
Thanks EU! It can be found on ebay.
I mix it with some glyphosate (roundup etc) for good luck and spray it
on the leaves - I dont think it will work applied to woody stems but not
I would let some new leaves appear and form fully and then spray 'em.
Both chemicals break down and do not have a long term effect on the soil.
This is reinforced by it's official use on compost heaps.
Ammonium Sulphamate was know as Rootout until the EU intervened. You
might like to try your local allotment holders association - they may
sell it as a 'compost accelerator'
Cut the stems and put solid on freshly cut surface, then cover. This
kills the roots, but IME the topn will continue to thrive if it can get
water from the surface it is attached to. I would advise spraying the
top growth with a solution to kill it - it helps if you manage to soak
the surface. When dead a Dutch hoe is a good scraper to clean the surface
On Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:24:20 +0100, The Natural Philosopher wrote:
When I had to get some off a gate post to replace the gate (needed to get at
the joints so as to do minimal damage to the fence) and also when removing
it for wood treatment, I found that a paint scraper took it off very easily
with hardly any residue on the surface.
When I started to pick it off I realised that it could take a long time and
just tried the scraper in hope, so very pleased with my luck.
When I do this, I make two parallel cuts & remove a small section of the
If you just do a single cut, the wound can sometimes heal up & the ivy
carries on as though nothing had happened.
Your hedera may vary etc. etc.
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