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Re: Satisfaction
  • Subject: Re: Satisfaction
  • From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
  • Date: Sat, 13 Feb 2010 17:28:25 -0500

Two years ago I killed off my oldest patch (17yrs) of Hedera helix. It was a triangular area, maybe 15 x 20 x 8, against a chain link fence. I used a noxious mix to kill it off which also killed grass near it.. I pried every last bit off the fence and dug up what I could in the ground.

I know it is, right now, making plans for a come back.

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: "BONNIE_HOLMES" <bonnie_holmes@comcast.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, February 13, 2010 5:19 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Satisfaction

In certain zones, it can be very troublesome. I'm at the point where I
need to cut it back out of the trees as much as I can and mow the stuff
that grows under the trees. I've already done one major spot and need to
work on the others but it will have to be early May before I can do
that. It can kill the trees.

ETN Zone 7

----- Original Message ----- From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Sent: Saturday, February 13, 2010 3:29:38 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Satisfaction

I have English Ivy growing beside my foundation that came from the
house where I grew up in the Florida panhandle. It grew under the
house there (houses in those days in that area were built up on
stilts for passive air-conditinoning). That was more than half a century
ago. I moved it from the other house where we lived befor we came
here. It has never been a problem. It fills in a couple of otherwise
bare spaces, but never gets out of hand. When my boys were small
one of them gave me a small pot of a small-leaved ivy for Mother's
Day. That grows over the large boulder beside my driveway and
looks quite nice except when the deer strip it off. Neither has ever
been a problem. A bit of it also grows under the trees on my back
slope where I don't even try to grow grass. It and the violets make a
nice groundcover, but it has never tried to climb the trees. Guess it
all depends on where you are growing it.

In a message dated 2/13/2010 11:45:36 AM Eastern Standard Time,
kmrsy@comcast.net writes:

When I first began to garden, I planted english ivy. I even propagated it
and sold it. Planted it for a friend. I eventually realized the error of
my ways and have gotten rid of most of it, but a little is ok in certain
places. If I forget to pay attention and find it has climbed a tree....
NEVER just pull it off. You will take the tree bark with it. Just sever it
at the base and let it wither, die, and fall off, just as you did. Some
will hang on but when it is totally dead, it is possible to pull it down
without taking all the tree bark with it. However, it's going to grow back
from roots that go 3 feet deep unless you take further action. I have had
some english ivy die during one very severe winter, but generally it always
comes back.
The main batch of it that I continually fight is what my northern neighbor
has planted. Ivy travels south and it keeps coming under the fence. I let
it go awhile but every once in awhile I have to go on the attack with it.

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: "Pam Evans" <gardenqueen@gmail.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, February 13, 2010 10:19 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Satisfaction

Yeah, that's bad stuff. Right up there w/ kudzu I'm thinking. It really
takes over. Virginia creeper tries to do that to my house but I yank it
as soon as I see it creeping up the siding...

On 2/13/10, andreah <andreah@hargray.com> wrote:

I don't know if I told you all that I have an English ivy problem at the
house. Apparently, someone thought it was a good idea to plant it as a
ground cover some 30 years ago or more. It has grown up into a couple of
trees and is so long that it almost hangs to the ground. I don't know
didn't think of it when I moved in (lost my mind for a few?) but I
researching how to get rid of it. It's right up there with Wisteria in my
book, Satan's vine. Anyway, I took a Sawzall (sp?) to it back in
The trunks on this thing are bigger around than my arm and I don't have
small arms. Well, nothing happened. Again, I guess I lost what little
horticultural knowledge I had in the past 2 years. I talked to a tree guy
a home and garden show and he said give it 3-4 months to use up all its
reserves. Guess what, every time the wind blows massive amounts of ivy
leaves hit the ground and I get a glowing sense of satisfaction from
my yard covered with them. DIE!!!! MUUUHHAAAAAHAAAAAA!!!!!!!

The tree guy told me to call him once they were all dead and he'd come
up the tree for me. If I had a cherry picker, I'd do it myself!

The point is, now my totally shaded garden will get some much needed
light. I can hardly wait to see how much better the garden grows this


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