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QCAN you tell me how to treat climbing ivy? It's taken over in places and I don't know how or what to control it with.

Does it need the roots digging up? If so, I''ll need help.

I got your help last year on a cordyline, which is now lovely.

Mrs Gladys Blakey AHI, Mrs Blakey, Delighted to hear your cordyline is better!

Ivy, while very beneficial for wildlife, can take over a garden and sometimes needs to be taken in hand.

Yes, it's best dug up completely and this can be a bit of a tug o' ' war, so you would be best getting someone in. An alternative method is to cover it with heavy material to suppress its growth - use black polythene or even old carpet.

The problem with this is that it doesn''t look great and may need to be in place for at least a year. Finally, you can try weedkiller - but ask for a strong version, as ivy is very tough.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 30, 2014
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