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How to Get Rid of Dead Ivy on the Wall

By April Dowling ; Updated September 21, 2017
Dead ivy is unattractive on walls.
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No matter the structure, ivy climbs it and spreads. Ivy growth is especially common on brick walls, as their grooves and rough texturing provide convenient handles for ivy roots to grip. Since ivy roots are so strong, they generally remain attached to walls long after the ivy plant itself is dead. These roots eventually present challenges as they penetrate and widen crevices in walls. Dead ivy also provides shelter for insects and other pests. Promptly removing dead ivy from walls prevents damage and restores their appearance.

Pull the dead ivy off the wall while wearing gardening gloves. Tug very gently at the vines, detaching as much overgrowth as possible.

Loosen the stuck-on roots and stems using a wooden scraper. Gently scrape the wall to avoid damaging it.

Scrub off the dead ivy tendrils using a household scrub brush. Lightly scrub the wall if it is damaged. Remove as many dead tendrils as possible.

Prepare a detergent solution if difficult tendrils remain on the wall. Fill an ordinary 2-gallon bucket with warm water and 1 tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent. Mix the soapy water well.

Scrub off the remaining dead tendrils using the brush and soapy solution. Use the previous scrubbing techniques to avoid damaging the wall.

Rinse the wall with clean water.


Things You Will Need

  • Gardening gloves
  • Wooden scraper
  • Household scrub brush
  • 2-gallon bucket
  • 1 tablespoon liquid of dishwashing detergent
  • Stirring utensil
  • Garden hose


  • Cut off large ivy vines using pruning shears.


  • Hire a professional to remove dead ivy from unsound walls, as they may crumble and become hazardous.

About the Author


April Dowling first started writing in high school and has written many news articles for newspaper and yearbook publications. She is currently pursuing a career as an online writer and affiliate marketer. Dowling writes for several websites and keeps many blogs.