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Old 05-14-2013, 12:43 AM   #1
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Does chlorine bleach kill climbing ivy? It has taken over my house and growing into the basement

can Chlorine bleach kll growing ivy..........


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I'm not so sure about that. Did you read that somewhere?

Most Ivy can be cut back, and then Round-up (Glyphosate) applied to the cut ends. Make sure to clean up ALL clippings, as each of them can start their own roots.


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Originally Posted by donnam9916 View Post
can Chlorine bleach kll growing ivy..........
I wouldn't want to be dumping bleach everywhere...

I had out of control ivy on my chimney and vinyl siding. I found that Round Up would slow it down a bit, kill a few leaves, but leave the plant intact and still growing.

What I had to do was cut the ivy at the ground--it was as thick as a small tree trunk in a few places, then I dug down and pulled all the roots out using straps, come-alongs and my car as an anchor point.

After I did that the parts that were on the house/chimney died within days and I was able to pull it down.

A word of caution--
You will never be able to get the "suckers" out of the wood, vinyl, chimney... it's been 2 years and I'm still looking at them even after spending days that first summer scrubbing... It would take me about 10-15 mins to clear a 1'x1' patch of vinyl... the brick required a wire wheel brush and after hours I just gave up. Now I wish I had left it up but done a better job of containing it... in fact I often consider replanting some to send it back up the chimney.
My advice is based on anecdotal knowledge or personal experience. I'm not a professional no matter how matter of factly I may say something
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