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How do I remove Ground Ivy

googles

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Long Island NY
I have a client that wants me to remove a good amount of ground ivy. I was thinking if i rent a tiller and turn all the ivy and ground over i can then put down top soil and grass sod to smother it and get instant grass. would that work? can you guys please give me some help on what i should do? thanks
 

Luscious Lawns

LawnSite Member
Location
North GA
I think I'd spray with glyphosphate before I tilled it under, or most of the vine pieces with nodes will resprout. Also be aware the vines will wrap around the tines of the tiller requreing constatnt clearing. I would be sure to price accordingly. And be ready to spray the remanining resprouts.
 

Premo Services

LawnSite Bronze Member
I had an area where I wanted to get rid of english ivy, and I took a rake with small thick tines and raked out most of it, then pulled the rest out. I planted and mulched the area and the ivy never came back. I have another section to do and was thinking about spraying roundup on it first, and see how that works. A tiller would be a real PITA, the ivy would wrap around the tines too much.
 

impactlandscaping

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
Morgantown, WV
The only effective way I have found to remove ivy is to hand pull it. After you finish hand pulling, turn the soil over at least 5-6", and remove any more roots you see,then rake it over,level,re plant, and still be ready to remove / spray new shoots for a little while this summer....<a href='http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb008' target='_blank'><img src='http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/10/10_9_136v.gif' border=0></a>
 

DJL

LawnSite Member
Don't know what you mean by "a good amount" but I would say rent a small front end loader and rip em out roots and all.
 

Tharrell

LawnSite Silver Member
I swore the next time I did that, I would use a skid steer. It's a real pita.
 

locutus

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
NC
I sprayed a customer of mines with a selective herbicide that would kill ground ivy, It killed the ivy, without harming the lawn.
 
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