As most of our native plants lose their leaves the green ivy is easy to see as you walk through your neighborhood or park.
Ivy and other non-natives are rapidly covering ground, creating ivy deserts where little else grows and some trees are nearly covered.
The problem can be overwhelming, but there is one simple thing you can do this fall and winter.
Small patches of ivy and ivy seedlings are very easy to spot when other plants lose their leaves and are very easy to pull up.
Search & Destroy! Remove them now before they grow.
Let’s keep our remaining natural areas ivy free and try to make your yard an ivy free zone.
Ivy seedlings are easy to find in the leaf litter. Remove them now.
Ivy desert in Forest Hill Park
This native fern can’t last long with ivy nearby.
With so many things to be concerned about these days and so much to do, dealing with invasive plants may not be on your mind, but perhaps it should be. English ivy and other non-native invasive plants in the Richmond area are spreading quickly in all of the natural areas and destroying habitat wherever they grow and grow and grow.
Just take a look as you drive around town. At this time of year it’s very easy to see infestations on trees. Each of those ivy loaded trees will make seed for the birds to spread to another location. It is absolutely out of control.
On Saturday, March 9, 2013, the Reedy Creek Coalition in Richmond will sponsor an Ivy Removal Workday at Forest Hill Park. They will be providing guidance on how to kill ivy that is growing on trees. Volunteer for this event at Hands On Greater Richmond.
Remove ivy from the base of the tree. Leave the upper portion to die.
AND you can help just by keeping ivy off the trees one your own property. NOW is the time to start.
- Make your property an ivy free zone.
- Subscribe to our website for updates and let us know about your progress.
- Join volunteer groups that are removing invasive plants in our parks.
- But before you begin, visit our English ivy page to learn how to remove ivy from the tree.
Left unchecked, English ivy could be the vine that ate Richmond. Don’t let that happen!