We have a few methods to get rid of cape ivy. The manual removal method is one I talk a lot about. Cape ivy is a weed that can be dealt with successfully with manual removal. But we also spray our large patches with herbicide (only one large patch left to go!). After spraying, almost everything dies back. When we look closely, not everything has gone. These trillium bloom and set light and color to the hillside.
Look more closely and California blackberry (Rubus ursinus) begins to leaf out.
Both herbicide application and manual removal have their place in the war on weeds. Destruction and disturbance occur either way.