One of my biggest challenges was the ivy...two or three varieties had been allowed to get out of control, and I learned that one can not maintain ivy...you are either cutting it back of getting out of it's way. I spent many, many hours pulling up ivy.
This was fresh on my mind this afternoon as I began tackling the grape vines growing on the fence at our new house.
They haven't been taken care of much, so I did a lot of ripping, and pulling, and cutting.
What I really should do is install a trelis system running parrallel to the fence, to keep the weight of the vines off the fence...but I kind of need to wait and make sure these grapes are worth it. I have ZERO idea what variety they are, and the only real info I have come from my neighor who said the grapes produced were small and kind of bitter.
At some point, when there is identifiable growth, my wife or I will try to bring a clipping to the local WSU extension office, and figure out what variety we might be dealing with.