How to Stop English Ivy & Trees


English Ivy can provide a beautiful accent to a landscape, or can be a curse if left uncontrolled. This invasive vine intertwines around fences, houses and trees. As ground cover, it crowds out and decreases sun exposure to other vegetation. With proper tools and a correctly executed procedure, you can eliminate ivy from your landscape.

Step 1

Manually pull the ivy vines from the ground, house or tree surface. Do your best to locate the main vines, as there are usually two to three that grow up from the root. Pull up the vines as carefully as possible, as one vine can account for dozens of feet of vines. Discard these vines.

Step 2

Set your lawn mower on a low setting for areas covered by ivy ground cover. Mow slowly and thoroughly through these to get rid of the bulk of the ivy.

Step 3

Apply an ivy-specific herbicide to the mowed area. Rake up the dead ivy (it should be dried out and brown) to remove any roots or vines still in the ground.

Step 4

Use pruning shears to cut away ivy that is growing and climbing up objects such as a house, fence or tree. Cut them to waist height, using a ladder if necessary.

Step 5

Yank up the ivy from the bottom of the object the ivy is growing on after you cut it at waist height. Throw out these vines. As long as vines don't have a root system, they will die, so don't worry about small vines left up on high places with no bottom.

Step 6

Apply herbicide on any area where ivy was growing to reduce the chances that it will grow again.

Things You'll Need

  • Trash disposal
  • Gardening gloves
  • Herbicide
  • Ladder
  • Rake
  • Pruning shears and scissors


  • Walter Reeves: Ivy Control
  • The Ardens: English Ivy
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Lauren Wise has more than eight years' experience as a writer, editor, copywriter and columnist. She specializes in food, wine, music and pop culture. Her writing has appeared in various magazines, including "Runway," "A2Z," "Scottsdale Luxury Living" and "True West." Wise holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Arizona State University.