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How do you kill ground ivy?

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Some ways to kill ground ivy include applying a herbicide, repeated cutting, solarization and mulching. Ground ivy thrives in shaded, moist areas. Therefore, another natural way of eliminating the ground ivy is to remove whatever shades the area where the ivy grows. This dries out the soil and may cause the ivy to cease growing in the area.

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Herbicides that contain 4-D, dicamba, mecoprop, triclopyr or carfentrazone combat the broad leaf ground ivy plant. It's best to apply the herbicide during the fall, late spring or early summer months. Mow the ivy to the ground first before applying the herbicide to the plant. A solution of borax and water can be an effective substitute for herbicides. However, studies are generally inconclusive as to whether borax is really effective in combating ground ivy, notes Michigan State University. Furthermore, the boron found in Borax can stay for extended periods of time within the soil and could cause harm to other plants.

Another effective means of killing ground ivy is through repeated cutting, solarization and mulching. Homeowners can and should use these techniques together in order to increase the likelihood of completely eliminating the weed. Repeated cutting causes the ground ivy to have to expend energy growing new leaves, and its inability to photosynthesize eventually kills the root of the plant. Solarization is another natural way of blocking sunlight to the plant, limiting its ability to feed itself. Finally, you can lay mulch immediately after a heavy weeding. The mulch limits the amount of sunlight to the weeds, but it can also hold moisture, which ultimately makes the soil more fertile.

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