Removing Large Areas of English Ivy

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Coach s, Jul 5, 2010.

  1. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
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    How do you do it if you can't get the loader into the yard?
  2. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Messages: 3,274

    Do you guys know about Monsanto, who makes roundup? if not you should really research it. its not worth the money to pollute our next generations land

    the best and easiest way would be to pen some goats up in there and let them eat away the ivy and other weeds- creates fertilizer , creates healthy fertilizer. no emissions.
  3. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    Are you serious? You must be a troll.

    If a customer told me they wanted me to get rid of ivy and I told them I would use goats I would not only lose that customer but I would be the laughing stock of the state. I can just see an illegal goat pen in a high end subdivision with illegal farm animals in it.
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  4. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    Excuse me while I install this pen around your $500,000 house. I'll get rid of your ivy, don't mind the shrub damage from the goats...they should come back. Oh sorry, didn't know you wanted to keep the bark on that Japanese maple specimen.
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  5. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,087

    Haha lmao,

    By the way isn't gly a contact and not a systemic?
  6. jsslawncare

    jsslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I agree and I can see it now-
    "I told the goats what they could and couldn't eat. It's not my fault they ate your wicker patio set."
    We went from lawn pro's to goat whispering.
  7. Peachtree Environmental

    Peachtree Environmental LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    Tq23, I've had the same situation. I went high rate and did not phase the ivy. However, it did kill all of the other weeds and the bed actually looks clean and nice again. Initially planned to kill the ivy and replant bed. Now we just maintain the bed.
  8. gimpy252

    gimpy252 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    The goats are a great idea. Many homeowners are open to a more green solution. Offer it as an option, otherwise rip the ivy out, seed the area and use a good broadleaf herb next year on any sprouts that come up.
  9. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'm surprised this was never brought up, but a good sod cutter works excellent for ivy beds. I have used it on English ivy, pachasandra, this areas is Virginia creeper, and some other form of small leaf ivy
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  10. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
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    In the past I have had good results with mowing it to the ground and slit seeding over it. No chemicals or goats. This will not work if you are trying to maintain this as a flower or planting bed. Ivy does not like to be mowed weekly and will quickly give up. BTW roundup is just a minor inconvience to an English Ivy patch,

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