First Question: I want to get rid of English ivy that has spread in my...

Asked May 21, 2013, 4:28 PM EDT

First Question: I want to get rid of English ivy that has spread in my backyard. I pulled a lot of it up recently but it's growing back, it seems the vines are growing in the soil by themselves. Second Question: I want to get rid of 'Tiger' lilies or ditch lilies from my backyard. I dug some of them up but I got tired of so I mowed them and then applied a weed killer for brush/poison ivy (the label says it kills a lot of weeds) directly on the stub. Is this a good way to go about it? I dug the lilies up before and they came back. The backyard in this house I bought in DC has been totally neglected. There are more problems..... Thank you for your help.

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1 Response

Persistance is the key to elimination of ivy or lilies or any weed. Remove as much as possible of the plant material. As soon as a cut is made, glyphosate (Roundup) can be applied to the cut area. In a few days, as soon as new growth is seen, it should be removed or herbicide should be applied. If the weed is allowed to grow for even a brief period of time, the roots will be enhanced and the elimination period will be extended. vw