Ivy may look attractive, but ...
Ivy quickly becomes one of the biggest garden pests of all, choking out native plants, ruining trees, damaging windows and even our roofs and guttering, any small gap it can get its tendrils into will eventually be damaged.
Dense ivy ground cover forms a shelter for rats is slug heaven and the dust it collects can cause breathing problems for those with allergies
Is Ivy growing on walls, stonework or trees
Ivy ground cover smothers native plants, preventing sunlight from reaching leaves.
Ivy growing on trees can cover branches, preventing new buds eventually killing them.Its leaves prevent any light from reaching the tree bark preventing activation of any dormant buds.
The pure weight and mass of mature ivy can make trees blow-over in high winds.
Ivy creeps into neighbouring gardens, your home, your roof and blocks guttering
Ivy can transmit bacterial leaf scorch, which threatens native elms, oaks and maples.
Ivy does not stabilise sloped gardens because its roots are shallow, it actually makes the problem worse, because it smothers other deep rooted plants that would stabilise the slope,
If your neighbour neglects the garden, Its almost impossible to stop ivy creeping over, under and through neighbouring fences and walls, You could try asking your neighbours to control it but its probably easier to check now and again and destroy it yourself.
The one quick and sure way is to apply glyphosate to the growing vine. Click on the picture for more information and FAQs.
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