Ivy’s survival can thwart gardeners
Ivy can be tricky to eradicate. This perennial climber clings to almost any surface via a mass of small aerial roots.
It tolerates pretty much every soil type, too. So you need to be vigilant about control. You can manually remove any stems in contact with the ground and dig up roots but, as you’ve discovered, any roots left behind will grow, so you need to do this regularly. If you don’t mind chemicals, you could use a herbicide. Where ivy has climbed up trees, cut vines at ground level then apply herbicide to the ivy on the ground (the ivy in the tree can be left to dry then peeled away from the tree). Herbicide uptake begins to decrease in as little as 30 seconds after cutting, so apply immediately. The easiest application method is with a
Clingy: Ivy can be tricky to eradicate.