Ivy Removal Hull

Are you wondering if you need to remove your ivy? Tree Service Hull can support you

Removal of Ivy

Ivy is an evergreen plant. Removal of ivy from the base of the tree and its trunk enables the tree to breathe better. Apart from trees, ivy is seen growing on bricks and on the ground. If you do not want it in your garden you should remove it as soon as it is discovered to keep it under control. Once the growth of ivy has initiated it becomes more difficult to inhibit it.

Ivy can be quite hazardous for a tree, but this is not always the case. When dwelling on the tree, its roots will cling to the branches, preventing the tree branches from receiving an adequate amount of sunlight, water, and oxygen. Thus interfering in the proper growth of the trees. The weight that it puts on the branches has the chance to damage the tree. But you have to bear in mind that in the UK most ivy types are native and therefore the trees can survive with them. If you have an invasive specie, which happens a lot in the US, trees are not able to stand the ivy on them. If you are uncertain if your trees are harmed by ivy, our tree surgeons in Hull can come by for a survey.

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Ivy does come with Benefits

    • Ivy can give your garden a nice green look, even in winter time when your trees lost their leaves.
    • It can increase the wildlife in your garden, since it provides nectar for butterflies, wasps and insects. The flowers on ivy grow in late Autumn when many other pollinating plants have finished. Another source for the wildlife are the berries which many types of ivy produce. This attracts birds, like blackbirds, thrushes and pigeons.
    • It provides a lot of shelter and shade for animals. This can be a great living spot for insects, but it also provides shelter from the rain or the sun for birds or mice. This should always taken into considerations when cutting back ivy. There might be a hibernating or nesting spot underneath it.
    • It is very fast growing. This is a disadvantage if you want to remove it, but can be an advantage to make your garden or house look attractive in a short amount of time. Houses, lampposts or trellises can have a cosy and gorgeous look when covered with ivy.
    • If you see all these benefits and you know you only have English ivy in your garden, you might think you do not have to take care of your ivy. Unfortunately ivy can also hide structural damages to the tree, and it can even be the cause of the damages or issues when it is grown really thick. Causing the damage is more often seen when ivy is climbing up an older tree.

For these reasons it can be a wise decision to remove the ivy, however you could also decide to occasionally trim it back to check the trees and see if they are still healthy.

Ivy Removal from Tree or Ground

Care should be taken while removing the ivy from the trees. It is not an easy task to pull out ivy from the tree branches, especially when it is really dense and it can also damage the trunk of the tree.

  • It is noteworthy to start pulling out the ivy from the ground and not from the branches.
  • Ivy should be removed at least from the ground to two foot up the tree. It is not necessary to remove the rest of the tree since it will die due to the lack of access to the roots.
  • Use the sharp but small tools for its removal. Chisel and screwdrivers with the flat head would probably perform very well in this regard.
  • To get rid of the ivy for good, the only proper way is to also remove all the roots. These roots have to be dig out of the ground and this can be quite challenging when the ivy growth is dense.

If you do not manage to reach the roots, you can consider mowing the ivy down a few times to reduce the growth up till a point where you do have access to the roots.

If you do get access to the roots, another option is to use boiling water or using a spray bottle with white vinegar. This method works, however the disadvantage is  that you are also destroying the surrounding plants and the soil will loose its nutrients. So the best option remains the digging, which is a difficult and back breaking job. Tree Service Hull is however always there to help you and perform this service for you.

If you do want to perform this job yourself, please do keep in mind to remove the cut roots as soon as possible. Ivy has the ability to regrow from roots which are cut, and if this happens all your hard work was for nothing.

Ivy Removal from you House

We are tree surgeons, however we can also provide services to remove ivy from your house. Ivy on houses can be beautiful, but also here it can cause a lot of damage to the structure. The roots of ivy will grow in the mortar causing structural problems and the older roots are the harder they will get. To remove ivy from your house you should be careful not to damage your walls. For this reason you can not simply rip the ivy away, but you gently should cut away the ivy, leaving the roots. A steel brush can be used to remove the roots, once all the ivy is removed. You should not leave the ivy on the ground once removed, but clear it away as soon as possible to prevent the risk of regrowth. If you require any assistance, feel free to contact our tree service experts for the ivy removal service or any other service we provide, like Japanese knotweed removal.