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How to Remove Ivy From My Home

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Overview

Climbing ivy is beautiful in appearance as it wraps around a home, but if left untamed, the ivy will leave ugly stains on the facade of the home. The suckers of the vine leave a stain on the exterior walls and can creep into windows, tearing the window screens. Removing ivy is a tedious process, but it is not an impossible task.

Step 1

Cut the ivy using pruning shears. The ivy should be cut in smaller, manageable sections.

Step 2

Start at the top of the ivy and peel off each section in a downward motion. You may need to climb on a ladder to reach above the ivy.

Step 3

Scrape any remaining vines from the house using a wire brush. Move the brush in a circular motion to remove dead vines and suckers.

Step 4

Remove any stains by using a scrub brush and warm, soapy water. If this method does not remove all of the stains, a pressure washer may be needed. Pressure washers can be rented and should be used only according to directions.

Step 5

Spray a herbicide on the ivy stem and pull it from the ground after it dies. Over-the-counter herbicides that are specifically formulated for aggressive growing plants can be purchased at a lawn and garden supply store.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Ladder (optional)
  • Wire brush
  • Scrub brush
  • Pressure washer (optional)
  • Herbicide

References

  • What Price: Climbing Ivy Information
Keywords: removing ivy, killing ivy, overgrown ivy