I’m a gardening expert, here’s the easy way to kill ivy plants destroying your fence for just £2

IVY is a plant that can be difficult to kill and on top of that can destroy your garden fence.

Luckily, gardening experts have found an easy way to get rid of it for good.

While ivy looks appealing, it can damage your fence


While ivy looks appealing, it can damage your fenceCredit: Alamy

Although ivy can look attractive and add character to a building’s exterior, it can also damage brickwork and fences.

While you might be tempted to pull out weed killer, experts have revealed the natural method of removal, and it’s probably already in your kitchen cupboard.

The natural solution – which only costs €2 if you don’t already have it, won’t harm your garden.

Speaking to the Express, Jeremy Yamaguchi, gardening expert and CEO of Lawn Love, recommended that gardeners use apple cider vinegar to kill ivy plants naturally.

He said, “I’ve tried a handful of DIY solutions to get rid of ivy, but the solution that has worked the best is a combination of apple cider vinegar, dish soap, and salt.”

Create a solution with one gallon of apple cider vinegar, one ounce of dish soap, and one tablespoon of salt.

Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and apply directly to the plan and leave on for at least five days.

The expert added: “Vinegar and salt are the agents that attack the ivy the most.

“Meanwhile, the soap enhances the effectiveness of the vinegar.”

Ivy is known to irritate skin, so make sure you’re well-prepared before trying to tackle the unruly plant.

Make sure you wear a long sleeve top, pants, boots and of course gloves.

Once it’s been sitting for five days, use a pruning saw and pruning shears to remove the dead plant.

If some of the leaves survive, repeat the process until the entire plant has been killed.

You should check the fence occasionally to make sure there is no regrowth and repeat the process if you spot any.

Apple Cider Vinegar is just £2 from Waitrose, and we’re sure you already have dish soap and salt at home.

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Jessica MacLeish

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