ivy fence

Stopping ivy and vines from ruining a fence can be a chore. One of those chores you take on every year and wish there was a better solution. While ivy and vines can enhance a fence, the plants can ruin other ones too.

At Fence Supply Online, we get many calls from clients looking for help with the ivy or vine problem. Their fence is in trouble; the damage is getting out of hand, and solutions are needed. Our experts know a thing or two about the ivy and vine problem, and we turned to them for help.

They came back with many answers, and we took the best ones for this post. If you are looking for help with an ivy or vine problem, hopefully, you’ll find the answers here.

Included on the list of how to keep ivy and vines from ruining your fence is:

  • Taking ivy off the fence
  • Cut back a vine to keep it under control
  • Keep digging and spraying the dirt

Let’s take a closer look at each point.

Taking ivy off the fence

Of the two plants ivy can do a lot more damage than a vine, especially if you leave the problem to get worse. Ivy tendrils get into and around the fence structure, and soon the plant becomes part of the fence. We know of fences where the ivy is probably keeping them together. Often when a property owner goes to remove ivy, they end up doing more damage than good.

Remove ivy from a fence by first cutting it off at the roots. Many people then spray the ivy on the fence with a herbicide. Make sure the herbicide is safe for children, pets, and wildlife.

When the ivy dies back a bit, you can then untangle it from the fence.

Cut back a vine to keep it under control

A vine tends to grow slowly up the fence. While it can entangle itself around the fence, there are steps to prevent this from happening. Pruning the vine each year will keep the growth under control and stop it from doing much damage.

If you attach wire or string to the fence, the vine will grow on that instead of the fence. By training the vine as it grows, it will soon learn how to make its way around the structure. Ask an expert to recommend a plant that will not do a lot of damage.

You may need to cut an old vine, and follow the same instructions as ivy, if it is out of control.

Keep digging and spraying the dirt

If you want to stop ivy and vines from growing, you will need to do some digging. Find where the roots are and dig down to get them out of the dirt. Ivy roots are difficult to clear in one go, and you may need to go after them for a couple of seasons.

Spray the dirt with a solution of recommended herbicide to help kill the roots.

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At Fence Supply Online, we know about ivy and vine problems.

Our experts can help with the removal project.

Ask for their advice.

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