Will Ivy Kill a Tree?
Not all ivy is poisonous, but it can cause significant harm when it grows on trees, especially here in North America. Ivy plants are one of the many vigorous vines that lead to a tree’s decline and eventual death. Today, the experts at Nixa Lawn Service explain how ivy can harm trees and how to get rid of them.
How Does Ivy Harm Trees?
Trees and ivy depend on the same supply of nutrients and water. Ivy tends to be aggressive, and it may deplete your tree’s nutrition and block sunlight from reaching the leaves. While tree branches have adapted to withstand snow, wind, and drought, vines add extra weight and stress that make the branches more likely to break.
Additionally, ivy damages the tree’s bark when it climbs and will eventually weaken even a mature tree. Over time, weakened trees and plants become a target for pests or disease.
What You Can Do
You can stop ivy from damaging your tree in a couple of ways: by hand or with vinegar.
Use Your Hands
If you’re ready to take on a small project, you can get rid of the ivy roots by hand. The softer the soil is, the easier it will be to remove the ivy. You can water beneath the tree or wait until after it rains. Next, using a hand pruner tool, snip the ivy stems around the bottom of the trunk. Go deep down to pull out the roots and leave the vine that has grown on the tree. It will die on its own.
Nixa Lawn Service Quick Tip: Put on gloves, long sleeves, and pants to avoid skin reactions from the ivy vines. Do not rip the ivy plant off the tree, as this can damage the bark.
If you’d rather have professionals complete this task, call Nixa Lawn Service.
You can also kill ivy with vinegar, but this technique requires more patience. First, pour white vinegar in a garden sprayer. Spray the ivy plant directly and let it sit for about a week. Then, check to make sure the ivy leaves have turned brown. If green leaves remain, continue spraying the tree until the ivy is entirely brown. Once the ivy plant looks dead, you can remove it carefully, beginning at the roots.
Extensive Tree Services in Springfield, MO
If you reside in southwest Missouri and are looking for professional tree services, call Nixa Lawn Service today. In addition to full-service landscaping, we also plant new trees, trim trees, and remove and replace old trees. For more information about our tree services, request a quote online or call (417) 724-0318.