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The back yard ivy has gone toward the light…
I’m actually very surprised that the tree ivy has died so quickly, but I believe a combination of four factors has helped speed things along:
- We cut 2 – 3 feet of vine away from each trunk where the ivy first began creeping up the tree
- After cutting the vines and exposing the more vulnerable innards of the plant (the outside is waxy which can make it difficult to absorb anything), we treated them with an herbicide specifically designed to kill ivy.
- I have a natural black thumb; plants just prefer to die in my presence (which I used to my advantage by regularly hanging out in the back yard around the trees).
- The Georgia heat has claimed even the hardiest plants that still have their roots attached and are watered regularly.
This isn’t exactly a makeover reveal, but it’s taken us most of the summer to get this far, and I’m excited to share our progress because it seems some of my readers have had similar problems with unwanted (and untamable) ivy.
I am pretty sure that the ivy covering the ground will be considerably harder to kill off, but I may be underestimating my herbicidal talents. When most people want to see lush greenery, here I am hoping to see more of my plants turn brown :) As always, I’ll be sure to share the carnage with you as we get through it!