Saturday, July 26, 2014

Got Ivy?

Growing up, I always thought ivy was a great plant – if it’s good enough for the “ivy league,” it must be good, right?  Wrong!  When it comes to ecology and gardening, english ivy gets an F.  It’s an invasive non-native species that can take over wooded areas and kill trees.  So, this morning I spent a fun-filled 3 hours removing ivy from a tree in my yard.  Wow, that was a good bit of work….20140726124700  20140726124713 , but well worth it.  It’s a 3 step process:

  1. Cut the ivy at the base of the tree and at shoulder height.
  2. Gently remove the ivy along the trunk of the tree (don’t bother pulling off the ivy above shoulder height – you’ll just rain twigs, branches, and bugs on your head)
  3. Remove ivy on the ground by cutting around patches and then rolling up the mats.

Here’s a great instruction sheet with pictures to help!  The best way to avoid english ivy, or other non-natives, in your yard is to “just say no” – don’t plant them and if you see them, take them out!  But once they’ve established a foothold, the extra work is worth it in order to save your trees!

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