How to Remove English Ivy From Asbestos Siding


Although some people encourage English Ivy to grow over the walls of their homes, for others ivy is an unwanted pest. In his book, the "Seven Pillars of Health," Dr. Don Colbert states that plants such as ivy that cover the exterior walls of a home can create dust and pest problems. Removing living ivy from asbestos siding must be done very carefully. The plant has strong roots that dig into the siding and must be killed before any attempt to remove it.

Step 1

Time your plant removal for early spring when ivy will pull systemic herbicide into its root system and kill the entire plant.

Step 2

Cut a 2-inch section from the stem near the base of the plant using plant loppers. Wear protective gloves, and paint the exposed stems with a broad-spectrum systemic herbicide.

Step 3

Move up the stem of the ivy plant approximately 3 feet and remove another 2-inch section of the plant. Paint the exposed cuttings of the stem with herbicide. Repeat this process every 3 feet.

Step 4

Wait for the ivy to die. The stems and leaves will turn brown and the leaves will become brittle once the plant is dead.

Step 5

Pull dead ivy stems from the side of the home. The stems should separate from the wall easily. Place the ivy into plastic garbage bags and discard them. Remove the roots from the siding with a metal scraper.

Step 6

Watch the ground around the home for signs of new ivy vines emerging. Dig into the ground and remove any ivy roots if new growth returns. This is process is called grubbing.

Things You'll Need

  • Branch loppers
  • Broad spectrum systemic herbicide
  • Sponge applicator or paint brush
  • Ladder
  • Gloves
  • Plastic garbage bags
  • Metal scraper
  • Shovel


  • The Ohio Home Inspections Company: Cement Asbestos Siding Information
  • This Old House: How to Remove Ivy from a House
  • "The Seven Pillars of Health": Don Colbert, MD: 2007

Who Can Help

  • The Ardens: Why We Are Removing Ivy
  • South Coast Today: Clearing Ivy-Covered Walls is Not Easy
Keywords: removing invasive vines, eliminating English ivy, pulling English ivy off of asbestos siding

About this Author

Tracy S. Morris has been a freelance writer since 2000. She has published two novels and numerous online articles. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including "Ferrets," "CatFancy," "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World."