Death of a Legend.

Unfortunately, I don’t think the above quote applies to English Ivy.

Our new place has a lovely porch out front. It has two lovely maple trees that are situated in front of the porch. However, the porch has been eaten by the English Ivy Monster. It’s been about 20 years in the making. It’s pretty extensive. In the siding of the house…heck, it was in the kitchen when we first moved in. So we made the decision to get rid of it.
It’s taken about two weeks, and we’re just now starting to see the end of it (though I’m sure that we’ll have to start fighting it again in spring!) Our plan is to put some black tarps over the area over winter to kill any of the roots that are left over.
But I must say, I have grown to detest this vile plant quite profusely. Whoever planted this stuff 20 years ago…
If I had one piece of advice to offer after all of this: Don’t plant ivy. You think it’s an easy garden? Hah. Wait till it eats your house. It’ll eat your plants. It will cover your lawn. Once you plant Ivy, you better be prepared to pull out the big guns if you ever change your mind.
Here’s what Wiki says about this “charming english ivy”
“Hedera helix is considered an invasive species in a number of areas to which it has been introduced, such as Australia and the United States. Like other invasive vines, such as kudzu, it can grow to choke out other plants and create “ivy deserts”. State and county sponsored efforts are encouraging the destruction of ivy in forests of the Pacific Northwest and the Southern United States. Its sale or import is banned in Oregon. It is considered a noxious weed across southern, particularly south-eastern, Australia and local councils provide free information and limited services for removal. In some councils it is illegal to sell the plant. Ivy can easily escape from cultivated gardens and invade nearby parks, forests and other natural areas. Ivy can climb into the canopy of trees in such density that the trees fall over from the weight, a problem which does not normally occur in its native range. In its mature form, dense ivy can destroy habitat for native wildlife and creates large sections of solid ivy where no other plants can develop.”

See that??? It can even invade nearby parks. Not even your children are safe from it. ;)

Agh!
Don’t ever plant this stuff! It’s awful!

2 Responses to “Death of a Legend.”

  • Janice Says:

    I love English Ivy. I plant it in my garden every year. Except that my garden is in Saskatchewan, with winters that would freeze the nipples off a witch. I continue to buy it because it is so invasive. My garden can look green and beautiful by the end of the growing season (about 2 weeks in Saskatchewan) and then it is killed off by the cold. Every year.

    Except one… It stayed for 2 years once and it was truly a pest, as it kept invading the places to where I specifically told it not to go. No plant or xeriscaped zone was safe from it's probing tendrils. But then it was killed off the next winter. Thus ends my harrowing tale.

  • Courteney Rodda Says:

    I wish I had taken pictures of this ivy before we yanked it out. There was no dying down each winter. It was even growing in the house! Some of the stocks were 1 1/2" – 2" thick. It was insane!

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