shredding Ivy


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Charlie Morgan

I have a property with a lot of english ivy that has run amuck. I want
to pull it up and run it through a chipper-shredder. I'm just
wondering if one of those 6.5 HP Troy-bilt units from Sears or Lowes
will handle ivy without jamming every 10 seconds. Has anyone ever
tried shredding this stuff?

Yes, I understand that the ivy will grow back. So will the stand of
bamboo I will also be cutting down and running through the chipper. I
just need to clear it for the short term. My only question is about
whether this machine will grind the ivy reasonably well, since it
looks like that might be a good question to ask, given the tough,
stringy nature of ivy.

Thanks
CWM
 
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trbo20

Charlie said:
I have a property with a lot of english ivy that has run amuck. I want
to pull it up and run it through a chipper-shredder. I'm just
wondering if one of those 6.5 HP Troy-bilt units from Sears or Lowes
will handle ivy without jamming every 10 seconds. Has anyone ever
tried shredding this stuff?

Yes, I understand that the ivy will grow back. So will the stand of
bamboo I will also be cutting down and running through the chipper. I
just need to clear it for the short term. My only question is about
whether this machine will grind the ivy reasonably well, since it
looks like that might be a good question to ask, given the tough,
stringy nature of ivy.

Thanks
CWM
I do this with my mulching lawn mower all the time. It makes for great
compost. Take care to make sure it's completely shredded before
tossing it in a pile somewhere. A small piece left in the right place
can take root and start a new vine.
 
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bill allemann

as long as the blades are nice and sharp and you run the unit at fairly high
rpms,
they will grind up nicely.

bill
 
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nhurst

Charlie said:
I have a property with a lot of english ivy that has run amuck. I want
to pull it up and run it through a chipper-shredder. I'm just
wondering if one of those 6.5 HP Troy-bilt units from Sears or Lowes
will handle ivy without jamming every 10 seconds. Has anyone ever
tried shredding this stuff?

Yes, I understand that the ivy will grow back. So will the stand of
bamboo I will also be cutting down and running through the chipper. I
just need to clear it for the short term. My only question is about
whether this machine will grind the ivy reasonably well, since it
looks like that might be a good question to ask, given the tough,
stringy nature of ivy.

Thanks
CWM
I usually take RoundUp to it and leave it alone for a few weeks, then
respray until it's dead.

Then again, I had a serious infestation, and nothing to lose except for
a bunch of English Ivy.
 
C

Charlie Morgan

I usually take RoundUp to it and leave it alone for a few weeks, then
respray until it's dead.

Then again, I had a serious infestation, and nothing to lose except for
a bunch of English Ivy.
Thanks, but I have about a 1/4 acre that is very thickly covered and
it has to be cleared away, dead or alive.

CWM
 
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Colbyt

Charlie Morgan said:
I have a property with a lot of english ivy that has run amuck. I want
to pull it up and run it through a chipper-shredder. I'm just
wondering if one of those 6.5 HP Troy-bilt units from Sears or Lowes
will handle ivy without jamming every 10 seconds. Has anyone ever
tried shredding this stuff?

Yes, I understand that the ivy will grow back. So will the stand of
bamboo I will also be cutting down and running through the chipper. I
just need to clear it for the short term. My only question is about
whether this machine will grind the ivy reasonably well, since it
looks like that might be a good question to ask, given the tough,
stringy nature of ivy.

Thanks
CWM
Not looked at the insides of the TB model. I can tell you for a fact that
the YardMachine type blades will not shred any viney material. It just
locks it up and you have to dis-assemble the machine to clear the clog.
Shreds other stuff fine but not vines. Green bamboo I think it will do.

Mowing the stuff in place and then raking might be your best option.for the
ivy.
 
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Charlie Morgan

If you agressivly clear the ivy and continue to clear it for a few months,
it (the roots)will eventually die due to starvation without leaves. You
can't just cut it down and be done with it. A roto tiller will give it a
hard time too.
Oh, how I wish I could run a mower over it. Unfortunately, it's rocky, hilly,
rough terrain. I'm also not interested in any extra effort for a permanent fix.
We just need the area cleared for the short term. It can all grow back in a few
years and it won't matter.

Thanks,
CWM
 
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Charlie Morgan

I have a property with a lot of english ivy that has run amuck. I want
to pull it up and run it through a chipper-shredder. I'm just
wondering if one of those 6.5 HP Troy-bilt units from Sears or Lowes
will handle ivy without jamming every 10 seconds. Has anyone ever
tried shredding this stuff?

Yes, I understand that the ivy will grow back. So will the stand of
bamboo I will also be cutting down and running through the chipper. I
just need to clear it for the short term. My only question is about
whether this machine will grind the ivy reasonably well, since it
looks like that might be a good question to ask, given the tough,
stringy nature of ivy.

Thanks
CWM
UPDATE: In researching which chipper/shredder to buy, I learned that
even the better consumer models will not handle Ivy or Bamboo. In
fact, the troy-bilt unit that was my first choice soecifically warns
against using it for those two things specifically. Vines and Ivy will
jam, and bamboo contains a lot of silica which quickly ruins the
blades. Oh, well.

CWM
 
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