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But seriously...

…if you have English Ivy climbing up your mature trees like the specimen pictured, here’s the best way to deal with it:

  1. For young trees with small vines climbing up the trunk, carefully remove the vines taking care not to damage the bark of the young tree.
  2. If you have a tree growing in a bed of groundcover ivy, keep the ivy cut back at least 2’ around the tree’s trunk. Even better remove the ivy – It’s a horribly invasive thing and difficult to maintain in a landscape.
  3. For large trees with extensive ivy coverage up the trunk, don’t tear the vines out of the tree. Cut the vines at the base and allow the vine to die and fall off gradually. Tearing off the living vines can strip the bark off the tree.
  4. Rather than perpetuate a bad situation, choose other groundcovers that will not harm trees and spread into surrounding natural areas. Remember that English Ivy tends to stay in its juvenile stage while creeping along the ground – and in the juvenile stage it doesn’t fruit. But once it starts to climb it can make huge quantities of fruit that are spread by birds to germinate in wild area where it is highly invasive.

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