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How to Kill or Remove Ivy Root

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  1. Kevin Cowans

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    Hello all

    I have been trying to remove Ivy from my fencing at the bottom of the garden and have managed to remove the majority of it now.

    However, I still have the Root to contend with.

    What is the easiest way to remove an Ivy Root?

    Do they have a large root system that goes deep or are they relatively shallow and easy to dig out?

    Or is there a way to kill the root without digging?

    Thanks in advance

    Kevin
     
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      Depends how big the plant is, do a bit of digging, if it's too big use a stump killer :)
       
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        Hello @Zigs

        Thanks for the reply.

        I have just been out, before it got too warm and tried some digging and I am not able to get the spade in the ground around the Ivy Root.

        Any advice regarding Stump Killers?

        Thanks in advance

        Kevin
         
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          Sounds well established then.

          Follow the instructions then cover it with plastic to keep the rain off :thumbsup:
           
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            Easy Kevin
            Cut ivy at the base. Leave as many cut woody stumps as possible then paint with SBK. Totally effective. Its how I got ivy stumps out here. By autumn you can pull away the dead pieces :)
             
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              Hello @Verdun

              Thanks for the reply.

              Is the SBK Root Killer the same as the Roundup Root Killer?

              The reason I ask is that I found a bottle of the Roundup Stump Killer in the shed and do not want to purchase the SBK if the Roundup is the same.

              Thanks in advance

              Kevin
               
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                Yes Kevin, I think it is. Looking at the product it appears to be exactly the same and is designed to kill woody stuff including ivy roots :)
                 
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                  Hello @Verdun

                  Thanks for the confirmation, that will save some money.

                  Now I just need to find an old paint brush and then watch out Ivy Root, I am coming for you.

                  One last (stupid) question, do I just paint the cut ends or the whole root?

                  Kevin
                   
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                  The cut ends Kevin. If the cut ends have sealed up slightly then make fresh cuts before applying the treatment. I cut every woody stem and paint every fresh cut. This is how the stuff works....being taken by the plant itself to the roots. So, no! Dont paint the roots :)
                   
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                  Thanks @Verdun

                  I was always told 'there is no such thing as a stupid question only one not asked'

                  Do not ask, do not learn.

                  Thanks for your help.

                  Kevin
                   
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                  ....don`t forget, Epsom Salts works just as well as poisons :snorky: @Verdun
                   
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                  You arent working for them anymore Tetters. :rasp:
                   
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                  How would you use Epsom Salts to get rid of ivy?
                   

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