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Last updated on March 31st, 2022

Ivy removal cost guide

The climbing habits of English ivy can threaten the life of plants, trees and flowers in your garden, stealing their essential nutrients and preventing them from thriving. Got an ivy problem? Read our guide for the costs of removal.

Ivy is a beautiful crawling plant that is popular amongst gardeners for its fairytale aesthetic and year-round green. However, there’s more to this plant than meets the eye. A silent killer, ivy can be a liability if left unchecked. Before your ivy starts to cause damage, you should call in the professionals for advice and potential removal. But how much does ivy removal cost in the UK?

Read on for a guide to the average prices for the job, or use our free search tool to find quotes from vetted professionals in your area.

Cost to remove ivy from house

Job requiredTimescaleAverage cost
Ivy report/survey1.5 hours£250
Ivy removal2 hours£350

Our costs are ballpark averages – get a local tradesperson to quote now

Hiring professionals to remove ivy from your property will cost an average of £350. This quote will usually cover the cost of two tradespeople for two hours working with ladders. If your home is larger in size, scaffolding and mobile platforms may be needed to remove ivy from hard-to-reach places. Not sure whether ivy is the problem or the extent of the situation? An ivy removal team can come and inspect the site and produce a report on findings for £250. 

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The typical cost for professional ivy removal is £350. If you are going it alone, you will need several pieces of equipment, including:

  • Rubber gardening gloves: £2 – £10
  • Garden shears: £5 – £20
  • Pruning saw for thicker ivy vines: £10 – £20
  • Spray bottle or sprayer: £10 – £20
  • Weedkiller of your choice: £20 – £30
  • Stepladder rental: £20 per day

While DIY removal may be cheaper, it’s certainly more hazardous. Get a quote from an expert ivy removal team with our free search tool below.

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Should you remove ivy from house?

cost to remove ivy from houseThe climbing habits of English ivy can threaten the life of plants, trees and flowers in your garden, stealing their essential nutrients and preventing them from thriving. If that wasn’t bad enough, pests such as rats, mice and insects favour ivy as a choice of shelter. Worse still, ivy can damage old bricks, wood and vinyl siding, and can retain moisture that seeps into tiny cracks in your roof. As visually pleasing as ivy can be, there are plenty of reasons to remove it.

How do you kill ivy?

There are several ways to remove ivy, but typically the stems will be cut close to the base and left to wilt. Once enough time has passed, your dedicated ivy removal team will return to complete the job, detaching all ivy from brickwork, roofs and windows. At this stage, the ivy should be loose enough to not cause damage to your property in the removal process. Costs will usually include two trips to the property and waste removal.

Can I remove ivy myself?

In most cases, ivy removal is a task best left to the professionals. For one, the plant itself is highly resilient, so unless you know what you’re doing, you may find it grows back due to a root that has been left out. Furthermore, you’ll need to be equipped with all the safety gear to make sure you don’t put yourself in harm’s way. If you don’t have a disposal method either, using a tradesperson will be much more efficient. Finally, large homes with ivy crawling on the room usually require scaffolding and teams of at least two for health and safety reasons, so it’s not a task worth tackling yourself.

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