Ivy – Will It Die If I Cut It Off At The Base?

Q: Everyone says that ivy will die if you cut it off at the base. But this has been done on some large trees in my yard and that darn ivy is still alive after a year!

A: It may take longer than you expect but if the ivy vine is clipped at the base it will eventually die. English ivy is not parasitic and does not absorb water or nutrients from the tree. Examine the trunk closely to make sure there are absolutely no vines that are unclipped.

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