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How do I remove Ground Ivy

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by googles, Apr 21, 2004.

  1. googles

    googles LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    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
  2. Luscious Lawns

    Luscious Lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 133

    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.
  3. Premo Services

    Premo Services LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,516

    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.
  4. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,332

    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>
  5. DJL

    DJL LawnSite Member
    Messages: 237

    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.
  6. youngdude

    youngdude LawnSite Member
    Messages: 152

    Gasoline and a match.
  7. work_it

    work_it LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 976

    Spray it with Brush-be-gone, and it will be gone. Then rake it out of there.
  8. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,967

    I swore the next time I did that, I would use a skid steer. It's a real pita.
  9. GrassFearsMe

    GrassFearsMe LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 340

    man i prefer the skid steer with a tooth bar on the bucket. its the easiest way to do it, but otherwise hand pull it.
  10. locutus

    locutus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Messages: 1,266

    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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