Maples in English Ivy?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Turf Z, May 22, 2012.

  1. Turf Z

    Turf Z LawnSite Member
    Messages: 88

    Have a bunch of what looks like little maple trees in some english ivy... Any ideas on what would kill off the maples and preserve the ivy? Thanks!
  2. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,746

    Hand pulling after the ground is moist is a productive way I have discovered. Herbicides will kill the foliage but the leaves usually don't fall off. The end result is a lot of brown leafed dead trees growing in the ivy. You will end up pulling them out anyway. This will be a waste of herbicide....time lost just to return and do the work again anyway. Acorns were in abundance this season for me as well. Trees are coming up in lawns, beds, cracks in driveways......everywhere. New acorns will continue to sprout when these conditions are prime. This is why we have been hand pulling them out..trying to get the nut attached to the stem.
  3. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,734

    Run thru with a weed eater if they're tall enough about the level of the Ivy. Clip the tops (foliage) off the tiny Maple trees. The majority won't recover- I used to do this on a property with huge Ivy beds and it worked well.
  4. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'd be willing to try a low rate of roundup...I have yet to see roundup kill english ivy the first application.
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  5. Turf Z

    Turf Z LawnSite Member
    Messages: 88

    Thanks for the ideas guys. I guess I will try a slight mix of roundup in a small area to see what happens.

    Have been hitting them in some areas with string trimmer.. some are just too short yet.

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