Lush and full growth is a common characteristic of Swedish ivy. While many gardeners enjoy the way Swedish ivy covers an area as groundcover or fills in a planting container, there may be times when your Swedish ivy is too lush and full and you need to restrain it. You can quickly reduce the thickness of Swedish ivy and make it conform to your growing area with some simple snips of the gardening shears.
Determine the overall shape and size you desire for the Swedish ivy before you begin clipping. Because you can often lose perspective when you are in the middle of a pruning project, it is prudent to make a pruning plan before you begin so you do not make any mistakes you might regret later. Notice the thickest areas where you want to thin the Swedish ivy. Find any areas where the Swedish ivy is growing past its bounds.
Clip the thickest areas where the Swedish ivy needs thinning with the gardening shears. Trim off the vines where they intersect with the next largest stem and discard these stems.
Find areas within the middle of the Swedish ivy thicket that may have diseased or dead vines you can remove. As you begin to thin out the Swedish ivy, these dying patches will become more evident and you can thin them out as you uncover them. Remove all vines that appear unhealthy by clipping them off where they intersect with larger stems.
Pinch vines back with your fingers or with the gardening shears to promote growth among the stems that are left. Remove the newest growth back approximately 2 inches and these vines will respond with new and vigorous growth.
Discard the vines and stems you remove to clean up the growing area.