How to Get Rid of Plant Ivy


Ivy grows as a vine that can be notoriously invasive as it spreads. It's a member of the Hedera species. As it spreads, ground ivy takes nutrients from the soil needed by neighboring plants and trees, leaving them susceptible to uprooting. Getting rid of plant ivy is difficult because it re-roots quickly and features a waxy, protective coat on its leaves, which make it harder for herbicides to work.

Step 1

Apply herbicides in the spring or early summer, before the plant develops a waxy coat on its leaves. Choose a broadleaf herbicide that contains dicamba.

Step 2

Spray the leaves with the solution and give it time to make its way to the roots. Re-apply 10 to 14 days later.

Step 3

Rake away ground ivy as it dies and reapply herbicide to the remaining healthy ivy.

Step 4

Dig around the ivy to remove the roots. Insert the shovel deep enough to pull up a large clump of soil. Shake out the soil to reveal the ivy roots. Use your hands to pull out root pieces.

Step 5

Remove every small piece of root. Even the tiniest root piece left behind can grow into a batch of healthy ivy.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't breathe in herbicides.

Things You'll Need

  • Gloves
  • Herbicides
  • Shovel


  • How To Get Rid of Stuff: How to Get Rid of Ivy
  • The American Ivy Society: Ivy 101
  • Iowa State University:Borax on Ground Ivy: Boon or Bane?
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