The problem with ivy is the tenacious nature of its root system. It seeks out and finds any weakness in wood or brickwork and exploits it, pushing its way in and latching on, causing damage as it does so. The wounds these penetrations cause then may allow in other things, like insects and diseases, and if left unchecked the tree could well succumb to these invaders and eventually die. Ivy does not kill trees, but it can weaken them and leave them susceptible to other dangers.
But here’s the dilemma – ivy also offers a great habitat for your garden wildlife, with the tight canopy of leaves offering shelter and a hiding place for small birds and mammals and its berries attracting insects and birds. If you decide to remove ivy from anywhere on your property you have to consider the impact this may have on the wildlife that calls it home.
Ivy grows quickly, really quickly. Allow it to take hold in your garden and it will take over in no time if allowed to do so. A little creepage from next door one day can be a garden infestation soon afterwards, climbing up your trees to reach out for the sunlight it needs. So think fast, decide what you want to do with it, allow it to grow for the wildlife, or remove it for the health of your trees?
Should you decide to get rid of your ivy problem there are a few things you MUST remember: