Tree Surgeons Solihull
Removing Ivy from Trees
Many mature trees can suffer from ivy growth, which traditional wisdom has held gradually strangles your trees and drains it of goodness. Although small amounts of ivy can be tolerated, once it gets a hold it may do some damage over time.
There are different schools of thought about ivy these days. Ivy isn't a parasite as it grows from roots which provide its nutrients but we can discuss with you the best solution for your trees.
If you decide on ivy removal, it’s a job that needs doing carefully to avoid causing damage to the trunk of the tree. If ivy is removed from the base of the trunk and cut through, it will eventually die from the entire tree without the need to pull it away, which may cause damage to your trees. Ivy can block light from the canopy of the tree, once it becomes really established and creeps to the top of the tree, which may cause competition for light, especially with large trees like oak.
Our tree surgeons know the best way to remove ivy and will do a great job, leaving your trees much healthier and more attractive.
If you choose to remove the ivy yourself, here are some tips.
If the ivy is small enough to cut through with shears, you can simply clip through every branch near to the ground. If you do this while the soil is fairly damp, you may be able to actually remove the roots easily. It’s best to remove an area around the base of the tree if possible, so that all the growing ivy roots can be removed.
If the ivy is more established it may require cutting through with a saw. Ensure that the two ends are not touching so they won’t grow together again. It’s best to remove an entire section.
Don’t worry about removing the ivy trunks that grow up the tree as they will gradually die back as they’re starve of nutrients. If you try to pull ivy from the trunk of a tree, you’re likely to damage it and the whole purpose of the exercise is to preserve the health of your trees.
Although ivy may look charming growing up a tree and give your garden a greener look, it may actually be causing damage to weakened trees and causing them to be more susceptible to severe winds.
When the cover is dense, ivy may prevent the bark of the tree from having healthy contact with microorganisms and fresh air, which is something to be avoided.
Although you can do ivy removal yourself, it can be time-consuming and may not be one of those chores you choose to do. Our Solihull tree surgeons are used to removing ivy and will be pleased to undertake this task as part of our tree work.
Please call us today on 0121 752 2784 for free advice from a Solihull tree surgeon on all your tree maintenance, including ivy removal.