You may have noticed ivy growing up many of the trees in our neighborhood, most notably along Page Road. Although the ivy is often considered decorative, it is aggressive, hard to kill, and will eventually strangle the life from trees. It steals nutrients and water from the trees it wraps around, accelerates tree rot by holding moisture close to the tree trunk and will ultimately prevent leaf-out and eventually kill the tree.

Fortunately, removing ivy from trees is inexpensive and not too labor-intensive:

·         Clip all ivy vines at the base of the tree and then clip them again a few feet up the tree. The goal is to separate all the vines from their source in the ground.

·         Carefully remove the cut section, but leave the rest of the vines on the tree. Pulling them off could harm the tree. The cut ivy will die and blow off over the next year.

·         Create a barrier ring by pulling up all ivy vines from the ground for at least two feet around the tree. This helps prevent future infestations.

Poison ivy often hides among non-poisonous species, so remember to wear long clothing and gloves while working with ivy.

Trees are a resource that adds financial value to our properties and quality to our lives. English ivy is a threat to that valuable resource. Following these three easy steps will help keep this destructive plant at bay and save our trees.

If you have a neighbor with an ivy choked tree, please bring this issue to their attention as soon as possible, as they may not be aware of the problem. You could forward them this e-mail or point them to the BMHNA website where these same tips are available.

Questions? Please Contact BMHNA Beautification Committee Chair Rob Harrington at redolee@yahoo.com

Ivy Removal 3 Easy Steps

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