Posts Tagged ‘ivy’

English Ivy- Good/Bad

Q: Last week you discussed controlling English ivy. But I have ivy growing up my house and I rather like the way it looks. It gives me shade and privacy. Is this a bad thing? Will it hurt the house?...

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English Ivy- Dieback

Q: What could cause dieback of our English ivy beds? We have lived in this house for about six years and the groundcover has always been healthy until this past summer. A: English ivy can be affected by fungal or...

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Ivy Growth- Harm

Q: Will ivy growing up a tree kill the tree? A: English ivy is not a parasite, so it does not suck sap from a tree. Instead, it intercepts sunlight before it hits the tree leaves. Once ivy grows along...

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Wire Topiary – Filling

Q: I have asked Santa to bring me a wire topiary of a Labrador retriever for Christmas. Do you have suggestions on how to fill it? A: You have to fill the topiary with long fiber sphagnum moss. Call local...

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Fatshedera – Savannah

Q: I need information on fatshedera. Would it be hardy in Savannah? A: Fatshedera is a fascinating plant. It is a cross between fatsia, a big-leafed tropical, and a form of English ivy called Irish ivy. The original plant was...

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Aucuba shurb – Mosquitoes

Q: I have heard that aucuba shrubs attract mosquitos. Is this true? A: Mosquito specialist Elmer Gray is also known as Elmer the Entomologist to Clarke county school children. He says mosquito resting places vary between seasons and among species...

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Aucuba shrubs – Mosquitoes

Q: I have heard that aucuba shrubs attract mosquitos. Is this true? A: Mosquito specialist Elmer Gray is also known as Elmer the Entomologist to Clarke county school children. He says mosquito resting places vary between seasons and among species...

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Shady area – Grass alternative

Q: I want an alternative to grass for an area of my lawn that is very shady. I need it to prevent soil erosion. Maybe some type of ivy? A: Don’t plant English ivy! Before you know it this vine...

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Snakes – Protection

Q: Last summer, my lawn care crew killed a copperhead snake in the ivy behind my house. There is a creek nearby. I’ve heard that spreading lime or mothballs in the ivy would deter the snakes. Do either of these...

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Houttuynia plants – Ivy

Q: Several years ago I planted six houttuynia plants at the bottom of a slope that also contained English ivy. Now the houttuynia is taller than the ivy and stinks like the dickens. Is there something I could spray on...

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Ivy – Able to Root after Shredded?

Q: We have removed lots of ivy climbing our trees. We were thinking about renting a chipper/shredder to chop the vine. Afterwards, will it still be able to take root? Gwen Kemmerick, Duluth A: You face two concepts: the possible...

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Sheep Sorrel – Identification

Q: We have a hill that is planted with English ivy. It is doing very well but we now have a plant that is invading and choking the ivy. We do not want to harm the ivy but if it...

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Shredding Ivy

Q: We have removed lots of ivy climbing our trees. We were thinking about renting a chipper/shredder to chop the vine. Afterwards, will it still be able to take root? A: You face two concepts: the possible and the practical....

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Creeping Fig – Brick Decoration

Q: I would like to grow creeping fig to give the brick on our house a more “aged” look. Is there any problem with this? A: I’m not a big fan of fig (or ivy) growing on a wall. The...

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Oak Tree – Vines to Grow on It

Q: I had limbs removed from a dead oak tree. I allowed the twenty-foot-tall trunk to remain standing. What vine suggestions might you have? A: Many would suggest English ivy but it will take years to climb up the trunk....

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English Ivy – Itching

Q: Recently I pulled vines from a pine tree and later developed itching and dryness between fingers. Two weeks later, I pulled out English ivy and experienced the same reaction. Any thoughts? A: It turns out that both English ivy,...

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‘Golden Archangels’ Lamium – Where to Buy

Q: Any idea where I might purchase some ‘Golden Archangels’ lamium? I saw some at the East Cobb Master Gardener’s tour of homes and it was absolutely beautiful. A: I try to look for the positive in any pest plant....

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Liriope Spicata (spreading monkey grass) – Eradication

Q: I was given some “spicato” border grass several years ago. It has taken over my more desirable grasses and is rampant in my beds. How can I eradicate it completely? A: I think the invasive plant you have is...

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