I have a significant area by the back fence that is being taken over by neighbor's English ivy. I was sitting on the patio staring at the invasion and decided that it just HAS TO GO.
So let's say I'm just going to do this the hard way -- rip it out with loppers, hedge scissors, and muscle. Is there any way to make use of the substantial amount of vine and leaf? Just piling them on the brush pile will no doubt result in losing the brush pile to the green monster
Ideas I've been tossing around -- run them thru the chipper shredder? Will every little piece take root? (I actually don't have one right now -- looking to buy a McCulloch this fall -- nobody seems to have one in stock until then...) Coil them up and put them in black trash bags (with holes and maybe bokashi like someone said with fall leaves -- I'll have to get hold of some...) and let them sit until fall?
Should I give up the whole idea and just bundle them up for the township's brush collection?
Do you think it would help to cover the whole area with dark plastic or other non-light penetrating material... tarp? Or even double cover that with clear plastic -- like soil solarizing for a few weeks first? Would that weaken the ivy somewhat? Ideally, if they would just DIE underneath, maybe I could just sheet compost on top of them afterwards....
What do you think?:?: