We are one of the top ivy removal companies in South London. We have extensive experience with many types of ivy, clearing it from the ground, and off buildings.
When it comes to landscape design, ivy and walls are always good friends, with good reason, a well taken-care-of ivy wall looks fantastic. However, taking care of ivy requires a lot of maintenance. If you let it take on a life of its own and grow freely, it'll break into the entire brickwork leaving a mess of tendrils and roots. This can also grow dangerous if it gets too deep into the bricks and grout, breaking off parts of the wall and worst-case scenario, leading to entire walls collapsing!
Should I remove ivy myself?
We would suggest hiring an expert as removing overgrown ivy is a difficult job to do yourself. There is no magic technique that will take care of the problem, just a lot of difficult and time-consuming scrubbing on the wall. There aren't any specific sprays or chemicals you can use for the job, just a brush and a technique strong enough to get the ivy off, but not so strong it wrecks your paint and brick!
If you have a bare brick wall or textured surface, the job will be very difficult to do without damaging any of the underlying surface. If you have a smooth surface however, the job will be much easier! Don't expect to be able to remove every trace of ivy, however, you will be able to improve the general picture!
How can I remove ivy myself?
1) Removing ivy: Firstly, pull the ivy gently and carefully off the wall, don't worry about the ivy that stays stuck to the wall. If you pull too forcefully, you may pull off mortar or parts of brick where roots have grown into the wall. Not an ideal scenario!
You also need to take care of this as soon as possible, the longer you leave ivy to grow, it will stiffen and become stuck like glue to brickwork, it'll be almost impossible to take off. The quicker you remove the ivy, the better for the brickwork beneath!
2) Scraping the ivy: You'll need a plastic or wooden scraping tool to loosen any stems or roots that are still attached to the wall, strong enough to remove the roots, but not so strong you damage the underlying mortar!
A good technique to do this is to run down the roots as you remove them, rather than scraping at them from the side. This does the least damage to the underlying surface, while pulling loose tendrils growing off from the main root.
3) Scrubbing the ivy: Once you've only got the tendrils left, it's time to get out your scrubbing brush! You'll want a scrubber made of Nylon to protect the underlying surfaces. Use a dry brush to work off as much of the dry tendrils as possible until it crumbles off. If any are left afterwards, try using some water and washing up liquid to loosen them and give the scrubbing another go! If there are some tendrils left over, use a harder brush, but remember the harder it is, the more likely it is you'll damage the underlying wall, so be careful! Try the brush out in a small unseen corner of the wall to check how it works with your surface.
4) Torching: If the scrubbing and scraping hasn't worked, you can try more drastic action. Torching will only be safe on a masonry or brick wall, though it may scorch the surface. Make sure you use a propane torch, wear goggles and keep the fire away from wood or any flammable materials. This is as simple as firing the torch at any of the remaining ivy or tendrils until it burns away, then sweeping up the ash!
Wouldn't you rather have us remove your ivy for you?
You'll have to deal with none of the hard work of scrubbing, scraping or torching, and we'll clean all the remnants of our work behind us in an environmentally friendly way!
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