Why You Should Be Removing Ivy from Trees
Georgia homeowners know their lawn’s trees provide both shade during the hot, Southern summers and curb appeal that can increase their home’s value should they choose to sell in the future. These trees sometimes appear especially charming with moss or ivy climbing the trunk and branches – like something from a fairy tale.
Unfortunately, ivy can prove more sinister than it appears by potentially harming or even killing those beautiful trees in your yard and transforming them into an eyesore. To prevent this, it’s vital homeowners remain vigilant and proactive, removing ivy as soon as possible to maintain their trees’ health and appearance for years to come.
Why Is Ivy a Risk to Your Trees?
Although some ivy may look attractive and eye-catching to many homeowners, if left to its own devices for long enough, it can cause major damage to your trees. While trees grow very slowly over the course of 10 to 20 years, ivy is an aggressive plant that can completely overtake a tree in as little as a few weeks. Trees need as much sunlight, water and nutrients as possible to continue thriving, but ivy can impose on the current supply of these vital resources, essentially starving your trees. Without the nutrients it needs to survive, your trees could shrivel up or become infested with other parasitic pests.
With enough vine growth, the sheer volume of the ivy could also weigh down the trees’ branches, increasing the risk they could snap off in heavy storms or winds.
How Do You Remove Ivy?
Because ivy is so detrimental to your trees’ health, it’s important to remove it as soon as possible. As with most plants, the most reliable way to kill ivy and prevent it from returning is by pulling it out by the roots. After rainfall or heavy watering, prune the ivy stems around the trunk’s base and remove the roots directly from the ground. If ivy is still clinging to the trunk, let it die on its own, as removing it can damage the bark. Some homeowners also use a vinegar spray to kill the ivy. With a heavy misting of white vinegar on the ivy’s leaves, the plant should begin to die on its own. However, this method could harm other plants and isn’t entirely reliable.
If you have an ivy problem that just won’t quit, it may be time to call in a professional to kill and remove your ivy growths and prevent them from returning.
Maintaining Healthy, Thriving Trees All Year Round
If your ivy keeps coming back, contact Georgia’s own tree specialists immediately to preserve your lawn’s trees. With help from the experts at Gunnison Tree Specialists, your trees can continue to improve your home’s curb appeal for years to come. Contact us online or call 404-386-3333 to schedule your ivy removal and pest management services today!