Ivy Ground Cover Blight?

Asked March 31, 2016, 5:02 PM EDT

Outside ivy, backyard ground cover, has been growing for years. Last year discovered blight in front yard and ripped it all out. Was told it was systemic though washed leaves with soapy substance (?) as told by gardener. What can I do to treat this? Is it systemic vs something I can treat from the outside in? Soil is reasonably well-drained, area is maintained yet somewhat "wild" in nature.

District of Columbia County District of Columbia

1 Response

Your English ivy has a fungal or bacterial leaf spot disease. Mowing the ivy and removing the affected leaves usually takes care of the problem. The additional air circulation is of benefit. Some people use shop vacs to vacuum up the affected leaves. Spraying is of little benefit. https://extension.umd.edu/learn/ivy-leaf-spot-english-ivy https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/bacterial-leaf-spots-annuals-bulbs-groundcovers-perennials-and-vines vw