English Ivy

How to Trim up English Ivy

You may have English Ivy in your yard which has many benefits. It helps to with erosion by slowing down rain water run off. Its root structure is key to holding the dirt together. It looks nice as a ground cover all year round. Only during a small window in our area when it gets really cold does it not look lush and green.

It also causes problems if left unchecked. It will grow up a tree if not trimmed periodically. That will eventually kill the tree. In general it is a creeping plant. It will go from one end of the yard to the other if the conditions are right. Ticks like Ivy too… the reason is for one, Deer like to eat portions of the plants. While we like our Deer we don’t like Ticks – so by trimming them back it helps to keep the population low.

My mission was to trim back the English Ivy and also other plants growing in this area. There were small bushes that looked ragged, twigs and small branches that have fallen from trees. Saplings somewhat stunted and not growing well. We overall wanted to have a presentation of a well kept yard and forest that fits our “vacation” home.

Bush Hog Rental

So with that, I headed out to Home Depot to rent a powered walk behind BillyGoat bush hog. The model was a BC26 Series Outback® Fixed Deck Brushcutter26″ Fixed Deck Brush-cutter. My Nephew also said he would give a hand, and a welcomed one at that. So we got back from Home Depot and fired up the Bush Hog – we were ready to see what this machine could do.

A little about this BC26 Series: The 26″ wide rigid deck commercial-duty brush hog provides excellent stability in deep vegetation. The heavy-duty blade spindle is reinforced on four sides to tackle the toughest cutting conditions, including thick brush up to 6′ high, grass and weeds over 8′ tall, and saplings up to 2.0″ diameter. The heavy-duty mechanical trans-axle, featuring three speeds and reverse, combines the transmission and differential into one sealed package with no linkages to snag on brush.

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A great erosion plant (English Ivy) but it can grow out of control quickly. You don't want it growing on your house or trees as...

We started to “mow” the huge flat level area first. The only thing to know about using one of these, is that it would basically cut down anything in our path. As you can see in the picture above it did a good job at that. Small “trees” and vegetation was no match for this puppy.

At one point, due to the steep grade the bush hog went for a tumble down the hill. We waited for a minute and she fired right up. These are one tough machines! My Nephew was a little worried, but I told him it was not on purpose and why you buy insurance too!

I did not get the best pictures of this activity but hopefully you can see the paths and how much it was cut down. After we finished up the next day, I went back to spray the remaining Ivy. It did not Kill off the Ivy but it did slow down the growth.

Project Costs

  • BillyGoat Rental @ Home Depot: $135 for 24 hours
  • Insurance $15
  • Trailer $19.95 for the first 24 hours

Until next time!

1 thought on “How to Trim up English Ivy”

  1. Good luck with that project. I think you are wise to try and keep it under control. It is very invasive (as you know) and great cover for all kinds of  varmints. (especially snakes)  Love you,

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