How to Mow English Ivy


English ivy (Hedera helix) grows not just up brick walls, fences and trees, but also along the ground. If you have a low-growing English ivy plant, mow it to control its growth and encourage a fuller and thicker plant. Mowing also allows you a chance to clean out underneath your ivy where debris and leaves often accumulate. Over time, this area can become a breeding area for mosquitoes, slugs and other garden pests. It is best to mow your English ivy in the early spring, before new green growth begins.

Step 1

Set the mower on the highest setting, which is often done at each wheel by adjusting a lever to the highest setting. Alternately, you may need to unscrew the wheels and put them on the highest setting and then screw them back on.

Step 2

Mow the ivy in rows in such a way that the ivy shoots outward, away from where you are going to mow next.

Step 3

Fertilize the freshly mowed English ivy with an all-purpose fertilizer. Follow the directions, including dosing amounts, on the label, but in general use about 2 tbsp. per square foot. Sprinkle the fertilizer evenly on the soil and do not get any on any remaining foliage.

Step 4

Water your mowed and fertilized ivy with 1 to 2 inches of water and continue to water it weekly until new green growth appears. This usually takes about three weeks.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Fertilizer
  • Water


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