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QUESTION: Can I start a compost pile over English Ivy?

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FrankGucciardo FrankGucciardo, member
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Hi,

This is my first attempt at composting. I have a large piece of property but most of it is covered in English Ivy (Hedera helix). The best location for framing the pile is just before the ivy stops so the pile would definately be on top of it. I don't want to spread the ivy around the yard by having it grow into the pile. Is this a legitimate concern? 

thanks

Frank


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Ericthomas21 writes: Great post
Posted: 2:43 am on July 13th
ChrisMcLaughlin writes: Frank ~ This is a legitimate concern because even the tiniest piece of English ivy tends to regrow like crazy. So, it's a real possibility that you could spread it all over the place by composting in that spot. Even if the pile is hot, you can't be sure that every piece would be killed.

I know you said that this seems like the best location for a compost pile...but considering the ivy, it really isn't. Just go for the second best place instead.
Posted: 3:09 pm on September 19th
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