How the Garden Grows: Eradication



June 2015: our lovely, old home. . . and the ivy.

imageIt may be three years before it takes hold, but then it will grow to 50 feet or longer, in the shade or direct sun, up vertical surfaces – rocky, smooth, or otherwise, and it is nearly impossible to kill due to its waxy complexion and a phenomenal resistance to toxins.

Should you somehow manage to force it to an untimely death, chances are it will come back to life with renewed vigor on perfectly dead foliage – daring you to even think of attempting to kill it ever again.

May 2015: the back fence area.


The U.K. has dealt with this beast longer than anyone on the planet, and I have spent hours seeking the advice of their best assassins:

Chop the roots down as far as you can with pruning knives, axes, pruning-saws, or whatever you have handy, and then try to pull up or dig up as much of the root system as you can. If you do this thoroughly enough then you may kill the ivy plant completely. . . GOOD LUCK!


March 2016: the back fence area ‘in-progress’ – a rock wall and dozens of tiny trees were discovered under the ivy. Mounds of ivy debris wait to be bundled and hauled to the curb.


December 2015: three matching flower beds, a drain, and garden planter are discovered underneath the ivy.
March 21, 2016
March 22, 2016: new gardenias in the flower beds; Dudley listens for the neighbor’s dog.
Tulips were blooming in the first flower bed, except that’s Mr. Boggs’ favorite “bed” and he smooshed them all. . .
Mr. Boggs

Eradication efforts are greatly improved in winter when the ivy is dormant – not it’s most attractive side, although losing its thick, summer foliage also forces it to give up hidden treasures, including dozens of bricks, toys, a spoon, plate, pot, hammer, rake, a hand spade, full-size ladder, a little Coca-Cola bottle, garden planter, a fair amount of trash, and two wrought iron wall planters. . .  so far.


March 2016: beautiful wrought iron wall planters were discovered in ‘dormant’ ivy under this tree. That’s Dakota in the background.

May 2015 and October 2015: in-progress

October 31, 2015: before the ivy went dormant.
June 2015: the front yard ‘before’
It took a full day of this week to clear the ivy from the bottom of the azaleas on the right. The rock-lined foot path was discovered under the ivy last fall.
A pretty, single azalea is brimming with white buds, but still smothered in ivy. A project for tomorrow. . .


2 thoughts on “How the Garden Grows: Eradication

  1. You all are categorically MORE ambitious when it comes to renovating, furnishing and gardening than we are! And you have vision! Mike was telling me the other day how he admires you for your skill and delight in finding ‘buys’ that are just right for what you want to outfit your homes!


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