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Q.I Cut 3 Ft Off The English Ivy, What Do I Put On The Bark?

Zone 19335 | Anonymous added on April 9, 2021 | Answered

I have English ivy growing up two trees, the ivy is 3 to 4 inches in diameter. I cut out 3 ft sections from the ground up. It came off the tree easily and the bark underneath is soft. What should I put on the bark to protect it? Will everything above die ? Can I pull it off if it comes off easily? Thanks for the help!

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Answered on April 10, 2021

You don't need to put anything on the bark. The vine above the trim should die. However, it may regrow from the roots if you did not remove all the roots. (I would use a non-selective herbicide if you see them returning.) Those vines are very thick, I would be worried about damaging the bark by pulling off the vine. The vine should die and slough off on its own, or you can pull it off then.


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