How can I eradicate (or at least severely restricted) ivy responsibly?

Asked August 28, 2016, 6:33 PM EDT

Ivy is all over my lot, on trees and among other bushes. It is killing some trees and crowding out other plants. I have been manually clearing the ivy, but it keeps coming back. Short of all-out chemical or thermonuclear attack, is there a way to control the stuff effectively? I am reluctant to use glyphosate or other similar. Is DMSO paired with something an option? Thanks

Lincoln County Oregon

1 Response

Thanks for your ivy question. I'm assuming you mean the invasive, aggressive English Ivy (Hedera Helix). You are asking a question that is perplexing even the most ecologically responsible of the scientists, but there's a great article--if you're willing to wade through it--that has great information about pulling (page 6), bagging or not (page 7), and chemical approaches (page 8 -10.)

Good luck. (And hold off on the thermonuclear approach. We don't need Chernobyl in Lincoln County.)