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    Default Removing Ivy from a house

    I don't know if anyone ever removed a large amount of ivy from a house, but if you have you know how hard exactly it can be. I guess, with spring coming it might be a project for some. My house was covered in it a few years back, even growing onto the roof and it had taken forever to take it off. On this old house they were showing how to easily remove it.

    http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/vide...631583,00.html

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    Master Plumber Dunbar Plumbing's Avatar
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    If you grow ivy on your house here in kentucky, take everything but the dog chained to the tree.

    If the tree has ivy on it, the tree goes. Dog wandering aimlessly dragging a chain.
    Read what the end of this sentence means.

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    Ok, now I was lost in replying to that, and then, I open my email to find a thought of the day sent from a friend, and thought there you go!

    The thought for the day:

    Handle every stressful situation like a dog.
    If you can't eat it or play with it.
    Pi*** on it and walk away.

    (has nothing to do with ivy )

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    Urine will burn ivy right off a house, including brick.


    I've been trimming weeds this way for years. Where's my going green ribbon for saving the world.
    Read what the end of this sentence means.

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    Will have to wait for my next thought of the day to answer that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RUGGED View Post
    Urine will burn ivy right off a house, including brick.


    I've been trimming weeds this way for years. Where's my going green ribbon for saving the world.

    A Kentucky plumber peeing all over someones house is not a good thought...

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    I have a neighbor from Taiwan who every summer puts urine around her house where she got some shrubbery growing, she tells me it is to keep the deer away. I tell her it works on keeping people and burglars away, so why not the deer, too?
    Hmm, she has no ivy either...or grass, lol. and, I am her only friend, lol.
    Last edited by Cookie; 02-16-2008 at 06:35 AM.

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    I have removed ivy from a 2 story brick house before. I find that the ivy is easier to remove while it is still alive. dead ivy gets hard and brittle.

    I just got some leather gloves and started pulling and cutting with pruning shears. To get the remnants off, I found that a paint scraper like this works best. It's a dirty job - wear a mask. And, pick a cool day if you have an aversion to lots of bugs.
    Dan in SE Tennessee

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