A tree with ivy growing near a house.

Are you concerned about ivy growing on your trees?

English Ivy might be attractive to some gardeners but over time it can begin to weaken the tree it’s “glued” too. Ivy is attracted to trees because tree bark offers an ideal surface for it to latch onto and grow, usually up the trunk, in search of sunlight.

So why is it bad for the health of your tree? Over time, ivy will:

  • Compete for resources from nearby soil like water and nutrients to support its own growth.
  • “Smother” your tree and prevent it from getting adequate sunlight.
  • Provide a breeding ground for pests and fungus.
  • Create a home for pests and rodents.
  • Spread to neighboring trees or building structures.

Ivy should be removed or, at the very least, regularly pruned back. (Remember: You never want to rip ivy away as this will damage the bark. Either seek a professional to remove it or cut the ivy stems to separate them from the roots and wait for the ivy to die and fall off.)

If the tree itself shows signs of untreated damage, decay, or disease, the tree may need to be removed. WoodChuck Tree Service offers top quality residential and commercial tree removal services to help you restore your landscape. If you’re concerned about ivy or damaged trees and want the tree removed, contact us today at 716-774-8717 or request your free estimate.