Boston ivy is also known as Japanese creeper. Although it is not a true ivy, Boston Ivy has many of the same characteristics as an English ivy plant. Like English ivy, it twines around and grows over other plants and has the potential to become invasive. Boston ivy shares another characteristic with true ivy plants: it produces anchoring roots along the vine wherever it attaches to trees, walls or other surfaces. Because of that, if you try to remove live Boston ivy, you can end up seriously damaging trees, walls or anywhere that the plant attaches. Removing Boston ivy is a similar process to removing English ivy.
Cut a 2-inch section from the bottom of a Boston ivy where it emerges from the ground.
Follow the vine wherever it grows and remove a 2-inch section per every 2 feet of vine.
Swab each cut end of the vines with a systemic herbicide containing glysophate to kill the entire vine.
Wait for the vine to die. A dead vine will turn brown with brown, brittle leaves.
Pull the vine down from its perch. The vine should detach from its roots easily.
Dig up the roots of the Boston ivy with a shovel, rake, mattock or grub hoe. If you do not remove the roots of the plant, Boston ivy may produce new vines.
Dig up any new roots as the new vines emerge. Treat vines with a systemic herbicide to kill the vines and plant roots.