English Ivy

Asked March 29, 2019, 8:50 AM EDT

It looks like our ivy ( our whole front yard is planted with it) has died over this winter. What can be done? There are still old leaves on the ivy. Should they be removed?

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2 Responses

English ivy is a non-native vine that is highly invasive and spread to parks and natural areas were it is very destructive. This may be a gift for you in the long run, since it is hard to contain its rampant growth in the home landscape, too.

The easiest thing would be to mow the yard, chopping up the leaves and dead vines. Then replant with beds of low shrubs, ferns, and/or groundcovers. The chopped up vines will serve as a mulch. It will take a while for your new plantings to fill in. Meanwhile, promptly pull out any places were the English ivy may stage a comeback.

ECN

English ivy is a non-native vine that is highly invasive and spread to parks and natural areas were it is very destructive. This may be a gift for you in the long run, since it is hard to contain its rampant growth in the home landscape, too.

The easiest thing would be to mow the yard, chopping up the leaves and dead vines. Then replant with beds of low shrubs, ferns, and/or groundcovers. The chopped up vines will serve as a mulch. It will take a while for your new plantings to fill in. Meanwhile, promptly pull out any places were the English ivy may stage a comeback.

ECN