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Subject: Ivy
Date Posted: 1/29/2012 9:46 AM ET
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Ivy is taking over my yard.  Any ideas on how to control it?  Or get rid of it?  thanks

Date Posted: 1/29/2012 11:42 AM ET
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Short of Round Up, I have to say just the old pulling  method.    Personally I think Round Up has it's place for some weeds, though I try to avoid using it frivolously.

Date Posted: 1/29/2012 12:28 PM ET
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I'd like to know pros and cons of putting ivy in to crawl up a stone face of my house.  Am I going to regret doing it?

Date Posted: 1/29/2012 2:50 PM ET
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Yes, you will regret it. Ivy works its way into the mortar between the stones and will weaken the structure over time.  About the time it starts to look really full and beautiful, your house will need major structural repair.  Don't do it!

Date Posted: 1/29/2012 4:11 PM ET
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Oh I hate Ivy.  When we bought our house they had it around all the big trees.  It grew up the trunk and had tons of bugs in it.  The best thing we found was to pull it out.  We cut it at the bottom and pulled it off the tree then used shovels to dig out the roots.  We missed a few so the following year we were out with our shovels again picking up the stragglers but it only took a couple years for it to be gone.  I have hard there are some strains of ivy that are hardy to get rid of...I'm glad ours wasn't one of them.  I don't think it can be controled.  You either have it or you don't.

We noticed there were holes in the bark where the ivy had held on and dug in.  I can only imagine the kind of damage there would be if it has been on the house instead.

Date Posted: 1/29/2012 9:28 PM ET
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IVY   no

Date Posted: 1/29/2012 10:28 PM ET
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I have also heard that ivy on the house tends to encourage bats and other animals and bird to nest in it.   So you are more likely to have bats in your house etc.

Date Posted: 1/30/2012 4:47 PM ET
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LIke Carole says, it will work it's way into the sand and grout and badly compromise a structure. It has absolutely no redeem social virtues. Cheer up. You could have Kudzu, which laughs at all marketable  herbicides. .