What Is an Easy Way to Kill Outdoor Ivy?

There are many different types of ivy, and some of them can quickly become invasive. Many varieties grow along vertical surfaces as well as on the ground. It is a great ground cover plant in soils where other plants won't grow. Once ivy begins to grow, however, it can quickly take over the yard or lawn. Although ivy can be cut back to control it, the cutting is an almost constant task. A better solution is to kill the ivy completely.


Step 1

Pour 10 oz. of powdered Borax into a 5-gallon bucket. Borax is available in the laundry or cleaning aisle of supermarkets.

Step 2

Pour approximately 4 oz. of water into the bucket, or just enough to cover the powdered Borax.

Step 3

Mix the solution with a long-handled spoon until the Borax is dissolved in the water.

Step 4

Pour 2 1/2 gallons of additional water into the bucket and stir again with the spoon to mix thoroughly.

Step 5

Pour the solution into a garden sprayer.

Step 6

Spray the ivy with the Borax solution until it drips off of the leaves. Make sure to spray the ground under the ivy as well as the tops of the leaves.

Step 7

Wait two weeks and reapply the treatment if any parts of the ivy are still green.