Removing Ivy From Trees

In a post from a couple of days ago we talked about the damage that ivy can cause to trees. If after reading that post and talking with a Woodbridge tree specialist you’ve decided that you need to remove the ivy from your trees, we thought we would offer some tips on just how to do that.

Ivy leavesOne way to kill the ivy is through the use of pesticides. This has the danger, however, of harming the tree itself along with the ivy, so I personally recommend the long and hard manual process. To begin, you must disconnect the ivy from its roots in the ground. IvyOut explains how:

“Depending on the thickness of the vines, use either loppers or a pruning saw to cut through each vine at shoulder height and at ankle height. Be careful not to wound the bark of the tree when cutting the ivy vines. Strip the ivy away from the tree between the two cuts (some vines may be so big that you will need to pry them away from the tree). Be careful not to damage the bark.”

By severing the vine’s connection to its roots, it is cut off from its source of nutrients, eventually causing the vines to wither and die. You can also check out this blog post for a more detailed explanation of how to sever the vines:

Removing Ivy From Trees… Easier Than You Think!

Sorry for the long title, but this is what I needed to read regarding the large tree next to the house, two years ago.  You see, we bought a house with a yard that had literally “run wild”. …

However, you cannot just end there. Ivy is called an ‘invasive plant’ because of its rapid growth and tendency to take over. You must pull the vines up by the roots, or they will grow back. Here’s what you do:

“Pull all ivy vines out of the ground around the base of the tree, making a 2 feet ‘life saver ring[ around the tree. This will protect the tree from future infestations. This is easiest to do when the soil is soft from rains; if the ground is very hard and the vines keep breaking, wait until after a rain to remove.” (Read full article.)

And you’re done! Now all that is left is to wait for the vines still on the tree to dry up. You might be tempted to pull them down, but their strong attachment to the bark still remains. It is best to let them die on the tree in their own time.