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How do you stop Ivy from strangling plants?

The ivy is coming through from the garden behind, and is also growing from seed. It is amongst azaleas, rhododendrons, daisies, lavender and helleborus and is threatening the lot. I would really appreciate your advice. We have wild birds visit and a large pond with many fish into which water flows after heavy rain. Thank you. Charmian

Flowers and Ornamentals • Weeds

Dear Charmian,

Ivy can be extremely difficult to eradicate. If you can remove by hand the ivy that is growing over your azaleas, rhododendrons and other plants in your garden, that would be a good start. Unfortunately where the roots of the ivy have hit the ground, this will be more difficult to control as the plant will continue to grow from this point. You can apply Yates Zero Weedkiller Super Concentrate to the foliage at this point. Spraying the Glyphosate is not always easy because of the plant foliage close by. What you can do is invest in a Zero Weeding Brush. It is a safe and easy way of applying the product to unwanted weeds and plants. It requires a diluted solution of Zero Glyphosate and has a specially designed valve that prevents leaking. It will no doubt be a time consuming and tedious task and you will have to repeat the process several times before you see some results. If the job is too large for you to tackle, perhaps you may need to contact a horticulturist to tackle this problem.



Answered: 17 Oct, 2019

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