Invasive ivy?

Invasive ivy?

I thought you guys might be able to help me with this. I just moved into my new house, and there's a lot of ivy growing as ground covering. in some places i don't mind it, but in other places I'd like to keep it at bay (specifically around the foundation of my house, and off my cedar fence, once that's finished). Any suggestions? I'd prefer not to use harsh chemicals, but I'm not dead set against it.
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What is this?

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Voila!

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