Ivy on trees

Asked July 20, 2017, 11:53 AM EDT

We have a good deal of what I believe is English Ivy climbing up very tall trees. We have removed the ivy from the lower levels we can reach. Without the root supply from below, will the ivy on the upper parts of the tree eventually die off? We do not want the trees damaged. Thank you.
Pat Lake

Washington County Oregon

1 Response

Thank you for your question about English ivy control. You are correct that consistent removal of the stems between the leaves and the roots (that they feed) will eventually kill the ivy. It's just that some people aren't persistent! Here's a link to a good Extension article on the subject with the two (cultural and chemical) controls available to kill this invasive weed. Hope it's helpful. Good luck!