Ivy remains


W

Wayne Joyce

Hi,

I've just been removing the ivy that has been growing up the wall of my
house and wondered if there's anything I can use to remove the fine "roots"
of ivy from the brickwork. I've tried a wire brush, but it isn't shifting.

Any clever tips?

Cheers,
Bod.
 
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Martin

Wayne Joyce said:
Hi,

I've just been removing the ivy that has been growing up the wall of my
house and wondered if there's anything I can use to remove the fine "roots"
of ivy from the brickwork. I've tried a wire brush, but it isn't shifting.

Any clever tips?

Cheers,
Bod.
Had the same problem - until this afternoon - having tried brushing,
pressure washer etc.

Depends on the kind of brick you've got, how "clean" you want to get it, and
how determined the suckers are, but I ended up using a flat-edged sharp
spade sideways - like a massive scraper. Worked a treat for us - with no
visible damage to brick facing.

HTH
 
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B

BillR

Martin said:
Had the same problem - until this afternoon - having tried brushing,
pressure washer etc.

Depends on the kind of brick you've got, how "clean" you want to get
it, and how determined the suckers are, but I ended up using a
flat-edged sharp spade sideways - like a massive scraper. Worked a
treat for us - with no visible damage to brick facing.

HTH
I've got the same problem and this won't work for me as the bricks have a
grit surface effect.
Did try burning the crud off with a blowlamp but nearly set fire to the
battens & felt under a tile hung bit :)
I'm going to leave it a year or so and try again when its well and truly
rotted away..
 

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