Keeping Neighbor’s Ivy Out of My Yard (4 Tips)

There are 4 ways that you can stop ivy from your neighbor’s yard from coming into your yard. These different approaches include:

  • Remove the plant entirely/cut the stem
  • Using herbicide/trimming the ivy
  • Use vinegar
  • Use boiling water

We all take pride in how our yard looks. The problem is that sometimes things are out of your control. For instance, when your neighbor’s ivy tries to invade your landscaping. Everyone knows just how frustrating this can be. The good news is that there are things that you can do to keep your neighbor’s ivy on their side of the fence. Be sure that you do talk to your neighbor first, as some methods can kill ivy, which can cause bad blood if they love their ivy.

By reading on, you can get a closer look at each of these options and how to properly use them to keep the neighbor’s ivy out of your yard.

Neighbor’s ivy spilling over white fence into other yard

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1. Cut the Stem or Completely Remove the Plant

This is an approach that you have to be careful with because it may upset your neighbor if they love their ivy plant. If the neighbor says it’s okay, then you can move forward with this approach. There are a couple of ways that you can deal with this issue.

Cutting the Vine So That Ivy Doesn’t Grow Back

This approach is one that can help you avoid having to detangle vines from your fence all of the time. You will need to cut the ivy in just the right way, in a single place, which causes the rest of the plant to die off. After the plant has died, you can remove the dried-out shoots.

To properly do this approach, follow these steps:

  1. Collect shears, weed killer, and a means to apply the weed killer (e.g., rag or sponge).
  2. Cut the ivy vine around 11 inches above the ground, using the shears.
  3. Apply the weed killer to the stump.
  4. A few days later, the ivy will die.
  5. Untangle these dried-out shoots from your fence.

Removing the Ivy’s Roots

It’s a smart idea to kill the root of the ivy as well. Ivy plants can be robust, which means that you need to make sure that the root is gone. Otherwise, all it needs is the root to start its growth again. Take a spade and dig around the stem of the ivy to find the roots.

Be sure to not leave any part of the root behind. It’s a good idea to regularly check the area to make sure that you removed the root. Once you see that the ivy has sprouted, pull it out as soon as possible.

2. Trimming and Using Herbicide

Another option is using a proper trimming technique and using herbicide. Start by cutting away any sections of ivy that have appeared on your side of the fence. You should never try to remove the plant entirely, especially if you don’t have your neighbor’s permission. However, even if you don’t have their consent to actually remove the plant entirely, you are well within your rights to remove any part of the plant that’s on your side of the fence.

Look for and identify any branches that you can cut off, then treat these newly trimmed vines with the right herbicide. Doing this will prevent any new growth from this branch. You should be very careful whenever you use herbicides, as herbicides can be especially dangerous for certain people including pregnant women and people who have underlying medical conditions.

3. Using Vinegar to Control the Ivy

One of the best things about taking this approach is that vinegar is affordable, effective, and cheap. It’s also non-toxic unlike other herbicides, which means it’s safe for everyone to use.

To effectively use vinegar to control the ivy, follow these steps:

  1. Collect gloves, white vinegar, water, and a spray bottle. You don’t want to use any diluted or imitation vinegar. You need to use real vinegar.
  2. Wear your gloves, especially if you are sensitive or allergic to the ivy.
  3. Using 8 parts water and 2 parts vinegar, mix the water and vinegar together.
  4. Spray the ivy with this vinegar solution, ensuring to really douse the plant with this mixture.
  5. Wait several days, up to a week, to see if anything happens to the plant.
  6. Once you start seeing dead leaves and branches, remove them.
  7. Keep spraying the ivy plant and waiting for the results.
  8. Keep repeating this process over again until the entire ivy vine is dead.

4. Using Boiling Water

The boiling water method is an effective approach, but it’s also an approach that can be harmful to your kids and pets, and even yourself if you’re not far enough away. This is not an ideal approach to use if there are animals that live underground in the area. The underground animals could get seriously injured by the boiling hot water. If you want to be as safe as possible, you should stick to the vinegar approach rather than this one.

The process of the boiling technique is actually really simple. You just want to boil water in your kettle, ensuring that the water is as hot as possible. Then, take the kettle out to the ivy. Start slowing pouring out the water over the primary stem and roots of the ivy. The ivy should die within a few days with this approach. You can keep trying if you need to for the best results.

Other Ways to Get Rid of your Neighbor’s Ivy

The above approaches work well for ivy that is encroaching on your lawn through your fence. There are some other things to remember about getting rid of ivy, including:

  • Removing the ivy from a tree. You never want to pull any ivy that is above you, as this may be the home of birds or bees that are hidden away in this tree. Start by removing ivy from the base of the trunk of the tree to around 3 or 5 ft. tall. Once you do this, the rest of the ivy on the tree will eventually die on its own.
  • Mowing the ground cover to the ground level several times throughout the year, as this will slowly kill the ivy vine.
  • Pulling out the ivy while wearing gloves, ensuring that you get all of the root out when you do. You could also use a tool like a trowel to help you dig up any of the more stubborn roots that you may encounter.

You want to make sure that you remove any of the ivies and throw them away after their removal. You don’t want to compost these as or leave them where you cut them, as this can cause new ivy to grow in their place.

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The problem with most ivy plants is that they are invasive plants that grow a lot of leaves and vines fast. These are also very stubborn plants, meaning that they are extremely hard to get rid of. Even when you think you have successfully gotten rid of them, any signs of roots left behind will lead to the ivy growing up in its place.

The tips here can help you keep your neighbor’s ivy out of your lawn. However, just remember to talk to your neighbor before you do anything that could kill the ivy. You don’t want to cause any conflict if your neighbor likes your plant.