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WHAT YOU CAN DO TO GET THE IVY OUT OF RICHMOND…

If there is ivy on your property:

  • Cut ivy stems all the way around the tree and pull the ivy from around the tree.  (Get more info on our English Ivy page.)
  • Or remove a patch of ivy that has not reached a tree.
  • Work on this when you can – you don’t have to do it all at once, but resolve to stick with it!
  • Pull up ivy seedlings or small plants as soon as you see them.

Join ivy removal projects in parks when you can. 

And to prevent the spread of other invasive plants:

  • Don’t  be part of the problem!  Some invasives (English ivy, vinca, privet, and barberry to name a few) can be purchased at local nurseries.  Vinca might be a great ground cover and privet is a trouble free shrub, but please do not purchase non-native, invasive plants.  Spreading invasive species is just not worth it in the long term.
  • Know your invasives!  Learn to identify invasive plants and do not allow them on your property.
  • Nip them in the bud before they become a problem.
  • Limit your use of herbicides to the extent possible and use only as directed.  Whenever possible paint cut surfaces with the herbicide rather than spraying. 
  • Please plant only native species on your property.  Avoid non-native species since we don’t know which plant will be the next invasive.  AND our natives have so many benefits not provided by the non-natives – they are the best option.
  • ALSO, spread the word and NOT the invasives.

Send us your success stories…

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Your must obtain permission before working in parks or on any public property!

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