From the Forum – Out of control ivy

by Prince Of Petworth February 4, 2016 at 2:00 pm 9 Comments

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Out of control ivy

“Does anyone have a recommendation for a company that would remove a lot of ivy covering the front of our brick DC rowhouse?”

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  • ChillyDC

    Ivy has gotten a bad rap for damaging brickwork. If you like the look of the ivy (I think it’s lovely), there is research showing that it can actually benefit you!

    • textdoc

      Doesn’t it depend on what kind of ivy it is?
      I feel like this came up in an earlier PoPville discussion, but can’t remember.

  • Anonymous

    Ivy is an invasive plant. While it may look pretty and remind you of the English countryside, it is a wrecking ball in terms of environmental impact. Volunteers are constantly clearing it out of Rock Creek Park, and, as in the case of kudzu, the whole thing is a losing battle. If you can rip it all out, please do so.

  • Herewegoagain

    Ivy is also the food of choice of adult tiger mosquitos as they breed and females wait for a blood meal. Please get rid of it!

    • anonymous

      Does that apply to Virginia Creeper as well?

    • Angry Parakeet

      They do not eat ivy. But the ivy harbors water pockets in its leaves and moisture which can provide habitat.

      • Herewegoagain

        They do feed on plant juices, according to various public heath departments, and as you note, the ivy presents superb habitat. In my neighborhood we have noticed a decrease in populations when ivy is reduced or eliminated.

  • amy
  • Daniel

    Buy or rent a ladder and take it down yourself. If there’s any damage to the mortar, point it up when you’re done.


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