Dying English Ivy

Asked August 3, 2019, 1:17 PM EDT

My English Ivy has been infected and is dying very quickly. I have tried using a fungicide and an insecticide for aphids and other insects but nothing is working??

Montgomery County Maryland

1 Response

This groundcover can be susceptible to leaf spot diseases when they age due to poor site conditions, overcrowded beds, etc. which are controlled best not with spraying anything, but with management of the bed. You can renovate the bed by raking out leaves and dead vines, and reducing the mass of the plants so that air circulation is improved, leaves don't stay wet, and the bed doesn't hold moisture for long periods of time, which encourages disease. Also check the drainage in the area. See our website

Here is more information. English ivy is invasive and we do not recommend planting it. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/english-ivy
You may want to take the opportunity to replace with some native groundcovers that match your site conditions. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/groundcover-list