Success Stories

Glenbrooke Hills- Henrico:   I bought my current home five years ago. Of the 2.25 acres, at least 50% of the lot was covered with ivy including dozens of trees.   80-90% Has been eliminated. 

TIP:   The battle wages on however with the most effective method of removal being an old fashion push mower and a pair of gloves.

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Somewhere in Richmond:     I have worked everywhere I can to clear the villain and enlighten people in the areas around me. While it looks ‘neat’ in certain locations and situations if kept under control, NOONE seems willing to maintain the vigilance necessary to keep it under control.  (Note that St Stephens finally gave in and cleaned it off their walls a few years back.)    I had a neighbor who had a beautiful English garden which was allowed to go into decay by a new owner of the property. Last year a new renter, myself and another neighbor went after the overgrown ivy with some degree of success; but we realize that somewhere, lurking behind or beneath something is a tiny sprig just waiting for us to be inattentive.  Unfortunately there was no salvaging the Garden itself.    KUDZU also rears its head around here – requires a constant state of alert. Its unfortunate that as homeowners grow older the plants seem to recognize the decline in ability to maintain their property and become even more virulent.

Lesson: If you are not sure you can control it, get rid of it.  Consider getting rid of it anyway…you don’t know what the next property owner will do. 

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Pony Pasture area:    Since moving in Sept. 2011 I’ve removed many city garbage cans full of English Ivy from our nearly half acre property near the Pony Pasture. This includes severing ivy and pulling back (on the ground) from at least a half dozen trees and pulling it up in piles from the ground. In the case of one patch surrounding a beech tree, this is an area of at least 20′ by 20′. I am working on removing it to the property boundary with neighbor. Have also taken care of some privet.

NOTE:   Also has removed Japanese Barberry on another property in Clarke County.   Japanese Barberry plant is another non-native, invasive species;  research suggests a link between this plants and Lyme disease  because it seems to create the ideal habitat for the rodents prone to harboring ticks carrying Lyme.   

Do you have Japanese barberry?

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Glenbrooke Hills – Henrico:  Removed ivy on 4 trees. The Ivy on the trees is now dead! Started cutting ivy on 2 more trees. Removed Japanese Stilt Grass but have a long way to go since it has spread throughout the yard.
Japanese Stilt grass is an annual, but the seed bank remains viable for years.  Persistence is required.    Get tips on removal herehttp://www.nps.gov/plants/alien/fact/mivi1.htm
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