1. Start with the Trees: Since ivy does not flower and produce seeds until it can climb up on a tree or fence, it is best to start by removing it from trees, thereby eliminating the seed bank. Cut out a 3 - 6 inch chunk of the vines at the base of the tree using clippers or a hand saw. Take care not to damage the bark of the tree. At this point, leave it on the tree to dry out and shrink so as not to damage the tree further.
and Conquer: Divide your area to
be cleared into manageable sections so as not to get overwhelmed.
Completely clear the ivy and roots, going through all steps, from one section
at a time.
with Mulch: Sheet mulch the area after all the ivy has been
removed. First lay down 10+ layers of wet newspaper, overlapping the sheets 6 -
8 inches. You can also use cardboard, either alone or in addition to newspaper.
It is important not to leave even the smallest gap. Then cover the cardboard
with 3 - 5 inches of wood chips. Be aware that chips from tree companies can
contain weed seeds; avoid chips from acacia or eucalyptus. Keep mulch well
away from existing tree trunks. It is best not to disturb the mulch for at
least a year to eliminate ivy, roots and all. Two years is even better. When
you do decide to re-plant the area, try to choose native plants that will grow