English Ivy Killer

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by zooba72, Mar 10, 2012.

  1. zooba72

    zooba72 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 40

    The previous owner of my property neglected it for about 10 years and it's now inundated with English ivy. It's already killed numerous trees and I've been using a bobcat to remove it. Unfortunately there are certain areas where I need to spray it ... Can someone recommend a brush killer or anything that works well on Ivy?

    Also, is now the time to start spraying? I live in LI, NY (Zone 7).

    Any suggestions are appreciated. Thank you.
  2. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 38,401

    Glyphosate or triclopyr will control it (should be within a week) ...just make sure to spray it only on the Ivy. And read the label of any chemical product before applying for any special considerations (PPE, runoff, etc). And make sure the specific product is listed for English Ivy.
  3. Mike Fronczak

    Mike Fronczak LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 301

    Most likely an non selective (as mentioned above) will work, just read the label, you may have to double up (or more) the mix rate, and repeated applications to finally be rid of it. I know pacasandra, can be tough to kill the root system, we had it at our old house, but I wasnt persistant enough either.
  4. zooba72

    zooba72 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 40

    Thanks for the input. I purchased some Glyphosate concentrate and am attacking all of the new growth. The biggest problem is that this stuff is under everything I want to keep, so I can't indiscriminately spray it.

  5. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 38,401

    You might have to use a paintbrush and apply it to individual leaves if you can't spray it
  6. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,476

    Glyphosate won't work well if it's under 70 degrees ferenheit.
  7. zooba72

    zooba72 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 40

    That was one of my concerns.... The label suggested at least 60 degrees. It's been a mild winter and the ivy is starting to spread again, but the temperature is in the high 50's, maybe low 60s. I tried applying some yesterday during the warmest part of the day, but it still gets cold at night. I'm going to probably hold off until it warms up a bit. Thanks

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