While Kudzu is the infamous “Vine that ate the South,” English Ivy is his nasty little brother. As the years tick by, Lakemoor Hills is suffering more and more from unchecked English Ivy growth on our beloved trees. This evergreen perennial vine can grow up to 90 feet with proper support. The vines smother and weigh down your tress. Oh and it is unsightly too.We encourage you to cut these vines to stop the growth and then maintain. It’s easy and rewarding work. Now is the time before spring foliage growth kicks in making some tree harder to access. I included a link from UT AG Extension for further info.
SPECIAL NOTE – DO NOT pull the vines from the tree. This will damage the bark creating other problems for the tree.
PERSONAL NOTE – I have been spending an hour here and there cutting even hiking into the woods around me cutting on other property. Simply cut at the bottom of the trunk separating the vine at the ground. I then pull the vine up from the ground leaving the vines on the tree alone. It takes a awhile for the vine to die on the tree…it eventually will and flake off. It’s tempting to pull even when dead but please don’t.