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How to Kill English Ivy with Roundup

By Greg Lindberg ; Updated September 21, 2017

English Ivy is an evergreen climbing vine that is known for its sticky and fleshy exterior. The vine can be thought of a nuisance for some homeowners when it grows on trees or brick. There are several methods for removing English Ivy, and applying a herbicide is one of them. Roundup is a glyphosate chemical herbicide that must be used during the dormant and pre-emergent stages of growth. The glyphosate will slowly kill English Ivy, but it can have trouble due to the ivy’s leathery leaves.

Plan to spray during the late fall or early winter when the species is dormant. Mow near the area where the English Ivy appears before applying any herbicide.

Wear protective goggles and gloves before applying the Roundup. Prepare to spray on a clear day when the temperature is 65 degrees or higher.

Read the instruction thoroughly on the Roundup product label before use. Make sure to apply only the specific amount that is required for one application.

Spray the herbicide so that it makes direct contact to the upper surface of the English Ivy leaves. Avoid spraying the herbicide on the stems, buds or leaves of other plants near the English Ivy.

Spray another application in early spring before any new leaves grow. It’s important to treat the plants with the Roundup before leaves sprout with a thick waxy coating.