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Ivy pole plant care
Ivy or Hedera helix is a highly popular, invasive non-native ornamental plant growing from a tap root that makes it extremely difficult to remove. Ivy should be removed by licensed arborists. Learn how to keep your investment protected from Ivy. If you would like more information on arboriculture please see our guide to how to hire a certified arborist.
Ivy is commonly found in gardens, but it can be very invasive. Ivy likes to grow quickly and once it starts to grow, it can spread very quickly. If you spot any Ivy in your garden, call us at (843) 775-4401 or email us at [email protected]
This guide has been prepared for the State of Alabama in order to be of assistance to homeowners in dealing with the maintenance of their property from the standpoint of removing a nuisance non-native plant. It is not a statement that Ivy is considered a nuissance non-native plant. The Alabama Plant Pest Control Board does not make a determination that it is a nuisance non-native plant. The Alabama Plant Pest Control Board provides this advisory on how to get rid of a nuisance non-native plant.
Definition and Characteristics
The Ivy, or Hedera helix, is a herbaceous perennial with fine, soft leaves, upright stems and showy blue to green flowers. It is a shade-loving plant and can be found growing in large and small colonies in the southeastern United States.
Although it looks to be a native to the eastern Mediterranean and North Africa, it is an introduced species in many parts of the United States, including Alabama, where it is considered a noxious plant.
Where It Is Found
Ivy is native to western Asia, but the species has been introduced into the United States for landscaping purposes. Ivy grows readily and is found in yards, forests, abandoned lots and near creeks.
How It Spreads
Ivy is native to western Asia and the species was first introduced into North America during the first half of the 19th century. It was widely planted as an ornamental, particularly in areas with rocky outcroppings or shady areas such as forests. Ivy is slow growing, but is very vigorous, and spread by seed and root contact. Ivy has been found in almost every state in the United States and in the District of Columbia.
How Ivy Spreads to Wild Areas
The Ivy species in North America are thought to have been spread from ornamental plantings in some parks and urban areas. The plant has naturalized in many areas and the seeds are readily spread by animals and birds. They are also spread by humans who want to have a natural look to their yard.
How Ivy Spreads in the State
In Alabama the Ivy species was imported from other states. It is found in large areas of the southern and western parts of the state. It is also widely scattered in the northern parts of the state. It is considered a weed in Alabama and is considered a noxious weed by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCR).
Risk Factors for Ivy
Ivy is a long-lived perennial that can grow from three feet tall to seven feet tall, depending on the species. Ivy can grow in wet, dry, cool and warm areas. The species can also be found in disturbed areas such as abandoned lots and along creek banks. Ivy can be found throughout Alabama and the risk of having an area of the plant in your yard is very high if you live in the southern and western parts of the state.
Management of Ivy
Ivy is a very aggressive perennial species and can quickly overwhelm the landscape, especially if left unchecked. It can also invade your privacy if it is allowed to grow on the north face of your house. You can use several methods to try to control this plant. The most effective way to remove ivy is to pull it out by hand. If you can get into the ivy before it can grow to the point of being mature, you can dig it out and get it away from your house and your neighbors. You can also use commercial pre-emergent herbicides in the late fall to control the invasive species.
Control of invasive plants is a huge concern for every property owner. It is a big responsibility and can be very difficult to control if it is a highly aggressive species. It is important to use chemical control only as a last resort. Ivy can be a very destructive species and there are many invasive plants that should not be left in the wild. If you do find it growing in your property, it is important to call your local DCR office or a certified weed management professional to help you.
Ivy Removal and Control
To control invasive species, we use an organic approach that emphasizes the need to provide more than just one type of plant. We utilize the use of more than one invasive plant species to address the problem. To learn more about our methods, call us at (270) 795-3466. We have several different weed management options available, such as hand-pulling, biologicals, herbicide (including home made and commercial), and solaris. All these methods are designed to provide a more effective solution to the problem.
It is important to note that it can take a long time for all the seeds of an invasive species to become established. We recommend that when we visit, you are prepared to have the ivy out within a few days or a week. It is highly recommended that you contact us prior to coming out to provide us with your location and any information we may need.