How to kill ivy step-by-step – stop this climbing vine damaging your home

A white door completely framed in ivy which has spread over the building
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Knowing how to kill ivy if it becomes invasive is an important task. Though an ivy covered wall may be considered a romantic sight to some, ivy can cause damage to masonry, trees and other plants if left too long unchecked.

Ivy is a world-class climbing plant, which is one reason gardeners love it so much, for creating lush coverage for your garden landscaping ideas with little or no effort. However over time, their clingy habit can work its way into cracks and crevices, undermining your structures.

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Mark Lane

Stannah’s gardening expert, multitalented gardening expert and author, he’s widely known for presenting BBC Morning Live and BBC Gardeners' World. Mark has earned many awards, including the ‘first garden designer in a wheelchair'.

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Sam Jenkinson

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Jane Dobbs

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Teresa was part of a team that launched Easy Gardens in 2018 and worked as the Editor on this magazine. She has extensive experience writing and editing content on gardens and landscaping on brands such as Homes & Gardens, Country Homes & Interiors and Living Etc magazine. She has developed close working relationships with top landscape architects and leading industry experts, and has been exposed to an array of rich content and expertise.

In 2020 Teresa bought her first home. She and her partner worked alongside architects and builders to transform the downstairs area of her two bedroom Victorian house in north London into a usable space for her family. Along the way she learned the stresses, woes and joys of home renovation, and is now looking to her next project, landscaping the back garden.