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For the Love of Ivy


Make it Evergreen!

Ivy, known for its simplistic beauty, has become a popular garden feature amongst the keen home landscapers out there. For the love of ivy, with its vibrant colour, heart shaped leaves and unlimited potential, we can see why!

A tree sprinkled with Ivy may appear charming on the surface, characteristically however, it has a growing reputation for being a bit of a troublemaker.

In today’s blog we are going to unearth the mischievous nature of Ivy. For the love of ivy, we will provide you with some valuable top tips on all things maintenance and removal.

Don’t forget if you need any help we are here to support you all the way.

It’s not all Vine and Dandy.

Many people love ivy, so what’s all the fuss about? Well, let’s dig a little deeper.

So as we all know you can have too much of a good thing. A tree covered in small amounts of Ivy is perfectly harmless. However, Ivy has a very competitive nature. It’s simply not content being merely a feature. It wants to be the main event and is willing to fight for it.

With a tendency to grow at rapid speeds, Ivy can quickly gain control of your tree and render it helpless.

Ivy’s greedy personality knows no boundaries and will not compromise when it
comes to nutrition. Ivy will quickly smother the branches and trunk of your tree,
blocking it from sunlight and stealing the vital nutrients it needs to survive.

Ivy can cause serious damage.

With Ivy being so well fed, it’s no surprise that it can cause weight issues for your tree. It’s rapid growth, combined with its consumption, makes it extremely difficult for individual branches to support. Bad weather during this critical time could completely devastate a tree, tearing its limbs clean off. These have the potential to cause some serious damage to your home.

Okay, so Ivy isn’t completely selfish. It makes a great home for all types of insects to thrive. Unfortunately, all these new residents come at great expense to your tree. As long as Ivy has control, infestations are inevitable.

If this be tree-son, let’s make the most of it!

So, if your tree has become susceptible to an invasion of Ivy, here are some basic tips to help you divide and conquer.

Tip 1 – Target the roots

Targeting the roots will make it particularly difficult for Ivy to continue to re-grow. Hand-pruners are the ideal weapon in this fight for freedom. The best place to start is to begin by first separating the stem from the root. Once you have successfully completed this part, delve as deep as you need to in order to completely eradicate the root.

* Do not be tempted to remove any Ivy from the tree bark. At this stage it will naturally deteriorate and decay without you having to get your hands any dirtier.

Tip 2 – Let white vinegar do its magic!

White vinegar is well known for its natural cleaning abilities. Well, this useful substance is just as effective in the garden as it is on your kitchen worktop. Grab an old spray bottle and fill it with white vinegar. Next, proceed to splash the substance all over any unwanted Ivy. If you notice the leaves starting to turn a brown colour, the vinegar is working its magic!

Tip 3 – Contact Lloyd Tree Services

Of course you can always call us, we will stick up for you! Lloyd tree services are on
hand to give you the help you need.

We care a tree-mendous amount about our craft and our customers. We come highly rated and have a fantastic reputation amongst our clients. If you need help with any of the following:

  • Speciality arborist services
  • Tree care services
  • Tree crane services
  • Dead tree removal services

Feel free to give us a call on 07388 437 098.

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Author: Emma Watson-Thomas

Content writer for Lloyd Tree Services.

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