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Virginnia creeper..help we would like to remove it.


 
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2009 6:56 pm    Post subject: Virginnia creeper..help we would like to remove it. Reply with quote

Hi there..
Im new to this website and really enjoying all your tips and ideas..
Today i have a problem and hope someone can help..
Ive recently bought a house and have transformed the garden its just the previous owner had a virginnia creeper up the walls of the house and we would like to remove it and have tried tirelessly all options..
Im begging for somebodys help with this one..
I have sought advice everywhere..
Please help..
Ele x Wink

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you mean kill it initially or do you mean remove the clinging residue from the walls?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I mean remove the clinging residue from the wall..it seems impossible!!!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

flamethrower?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 12:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

medieval knievel wrote:
flamethrower?


lol its an idea alright and they are available for garden weed killing use from some hire stores.



I would have thought a power washer with detergent followed by a wire brush would be quite effective.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 12:39 am    Post subject: cracking nuts with sledgehammers Reply with quote

Everybody is in such a hurry these days. Presuming you cut the stem or stems coming out of the ground over the winter, you've stopped it growing. Presuming you have no leaves on the vines, why don't you just ignore it for a year and most if not all of it will fall off the walls? It holds on with what are called 'air-roots'. Starved of life and nutrients thay just die away. Next year a good brushing with a yard brush should clean off the walls

But if you want a nice week's work use something like a painter's knife or a light hatchet under each branch. Some scaffolding, someone to hold a ladder etc. Have fun anyway. That's the main thing. Oh! And don't get killed falling off anything.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 12:51 am    Post subject: Re: cracking nuts with sledgehammers Reply with quote

walltoall wrote:
Everybody is in such a hurry these days.


Gardenlover136 could have visitors coming over or something. Very Happy Provided there is not too much ladder work then an orbital sander or a electric powered wire brush should shift it for you. beware of making any treated areas too fresh looking or it will be a dead giveaway where the ivy was. Good luck.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's how they grip.



Those gripping pads will hold on to the smoothest of surfaces, nothing will get them off.
Get a sharp blade and run it down between the wall and vine seperating the tendrils from the vine, take away the vine. you will be left with the pads adhering to the wall and bits of tendril, it's then up to yourself how much more work you want to do. Short of sand-blasting, it will be hard work, but does it matter if the pads remain? They are about 2 mm across. at least you will have the majority of the dead material away relatively easily.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 10:54 pm    Post subject: gripping news for tendrils Reply with quote

You tell it so well. Nice photo. Wish I could do visual technology. And your plant is budding nicely. I must go out and look at mine. (in the morning)
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 11:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys for all the advice il definately try one of those poosibly the electric wire brush first see how that goes il keep ye posted!!!
Be on the lookout for ladder accidents in the cork area!!!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hope it works and good luck with it.

Hopefully there will be NO ladder accidents, although i am the worst one when it comes to ladders, just ask my husband.....LOL!!!!
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