What Is an Easy Way to Kill Outdoor Ivy?


Hedera, also known as ivy, is a woody plant that can creep along the ground, or up buildings and trees. Unfortunately, ivy can grow fairly quickly. It can also damage building parts where it attaches. If you have ivy on your property that is growing out of control, you may want to kill it. Killing the ivy is easy, but it can be time consuming.

Step 1

Put on a pair of gloves and a set of goggles. The gloves will protect your hands as you work with the ivy, while the goggles keep any flying debris from your eyes.

Step 2

Cut and remove the top half of the ivy. If the ivy is really high, you may have to cut in three or four sections. Always start with the top section first.

Step 3

Stick your screwdriver under the ivy vine to bring it out and away from the tree or building.

Step 4

Snip the vine with your pruning shears. Pull that piece of ivy vine away.

Step 5

Repeat until you have the entire top section removed. You can pile up the ivy vines you cut down for easy disposal later on.

Step 6

Move lower and cut the bottom pieces of ivy. Do this the same way you cut the top pieces. Just make sure that you have cut the ivy down to two inches above the ground. Add your cut ivy to your disposal pile.

Step 7

Mix 25 percent glyphosate with 75 percent water. Pour this over your 2-inch ivy vines. The ivy plant will absorb the herbicide and it will kill the plant.

Tips and Warnings

  • If your skin gets ivy sap on it, you may break out in a rash.

Things You'll Need

  • Gloves
  • Goggles
  • Screwdriver
  • Pruning shears
  • Glyphosate
  • Water
  • Twine


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Who Can Help

  • DCNR: Species Management and Control Information: English Ivy
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