How to Plant Fast-Growing Ivy to Cover Your Fence

vibrant, green ivy growing on white fence
  • 1-3 hours
  • Beginner
  • 0-60
What You'll Need
Ivy plants
Pruning shears

Growing ivy is a simple way to cover or decorate an unsightly fence. One you establish this plant, it will quickly take off and cover your entire fence. Check out some of the steps below to get started.

Step 1 – Planning and Preparing

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If you want to grow your ivy to cover a fence, you should plan on planting the ivy as close to the fence as you can to encourage growth upward, rather than outward over the ground. Make sure your planting area is far away enough from any walls or other areas you don't want the ivy to grow on, as controlling ivy, especially on walls, can be difficult.

Preparing the Ground

Prepare the ground by adding plenty of soil into the compost. Turn the earth over with a shovel or fork, and work the compost in thoroughly to a depth of 4 inches for best results. For the best soil, check the pH levels.

Step 2 – Making Holes

If your ivy plants are small, space the ivy plants approximately 12-inches apart and as close to the fence as possible. If the plants are larger, make the holes and spaces between the plants slightly larger.

Then, dig a hole for each plant with your trowel, about 6-inches deep. Loosen the ivy from its plastic container, and spread the root ball with your fingers.

Step 3 – Watering the Plant

Water the hole lightly, put in the ivy plant, and then fill the hole with dirt before watering the plant in. Take care not to water the ivy leaves.

Step 4 ­– Growing the Ivy

The ivy will begin to grow quickly, but it will take about three months for the plant to become fully established. Remove the growth outward to stimulate upward growth toward the fence. After three months, fertilize the ivy every two months.

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