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By Annella

Northamptonshire, United Kingdom Gb

Has anyone come up with a way of removing the clinging roots of Ivy from brickwork? I took down a large Ivy from the front of my house but I can't shift the clingers left behind.




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Hi Annella . I use a long handled wallpaper scraper ..blades a bit more robust than paint scrapers gives a bit more reach and the longer handle ensures you dont scrape you knuckles on the brickwork.

27 Nov, 2009

 

Thanks! I've done that and Know how painful it is )-:

27 Nov, 2009

 

yes same here and i have been know to use my hoe to get even higher up.

27 Nov, 2009

 

I ended up uesing a blow lamp and a wire brush earler this year and the darn thing was dead, you can still see the faint marks of it,

27 Nov, 2009

 

I use one of those half moon lawn edging tools to scrape the ivy off the wall

27 Nov, 2009

 

Cliffo I tried one of those hairdrier styled paint strippers but got big brown burn marks !!!

27 Nov, 2009

 

I love my lawn edger but maybe I could buy a new one for the lawn (-:

27 Nov, 2009

 

I 'think' in the end we had the wall painted over :-)

27 Nov, 2009

 

I know the feeling Annella....I have various "patches " on my 155 year old cottage that have never faded after many years of exposure to the weather!
Somebody once suggested that one should hose the ivy - thus soaking the wall FIRST - BEFORE removing climbers such as ivy so that the little clinging roots are slacker.
Fat lot of good that did me - I had removed the stuff by then - but for those that are about to take an ivy off - it might be worth a try!!! My sandstone cottage still shows the scouring I gave it with the wire brush I used all those years ago....so I too would love to know the answer!

28 Nov, 2009

 

mine was on normal brick, and I had killed it some time ago thinking that when it dryed it would fall off, I tryed scraping it off to no avail, so I put a flame over it,mine is a profesional one a bottle of gas and a twenty foot pipe to the burner it is verry hot and with it being dry it burned , but still had to use a wire brush, and you can still see a faint mark were it grew, it is posable to braze with my burner so it burned the plant befor it scorched the brick, mine was trile and error, so I have not got an answer realy, sorry

28 Nov, 2009

 

Annella, we may as well face the fact that we're all stuck with ivy's 'ghost' marks:-(

28 Nov, 2009

 

We need to invent a safe paint on gel that dissolves it ((-:

28 Nov, 2009

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