Ivy in Trees

Answered by Jo Posted in Category Seeds, Plants & Trees

Dear Jo

I have two hawthorn trees that are heavily infested with Ivy - in the summer the ivy shows through the crown of the tree.  Should I cut the ivy at the bottom, let it die and then try and clear it off the tree, leave it, or do something else?

 Look forward to hearing from you.


Dear Marilyn

The solution here is to cut the ivy at the base of the plant as you thought.  The ivy in the tree will die off and you should be able to pull it off the trunk. 

New ivy growth can be attractive so it may be an idea to simply keep chopping the ivy down to ground level on a regular basis.  This will weaken the plant, but will not kill it.

If you really hate it and would like to eradicate it completely, ideally you need to dig out the ivy plant from the ground to prevent it regrowing.  However this may prove difficult if it is tangled in the tree's roots, or close to the base of the tree.  There are chemicals available, such as Glyphosate, that can be applied to the stump of the ivy that will kill it off, but may need more than one application.

Either way it sounds like a good winter task to get your teeth into in this cold weather! 

Kindest Regards


Meet the Author: Jo Blackwell
Jo Blackwell

Jo Blackwell is our well-established Horticultural Advisor and the Kitchen Gardener in Stephanie's Victorian style Kitchen Garden. She caught the gardening bug when she bought her first home 21 years ago. Her first greenhouse soon followed and she later gained an allotment.

As well as tending the Harrod Horticultural Gardens, she enjoys maintaining her own vegetable plot at home. She has been a gardener for Harrod Horticultural for over 4 years now and has a wealth of experience in organic vegetable growing, ornamental gardening and in using all Harrod products.


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