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By Elaine

South Glamorgan, United Kingdom Gb

I have a wooden fence which is being overgrown by ivy - I have left it alone for 4 years now and it looks splendid and it attracts lots of insects and birds BUT I have been advised that I ought to kill off the ivy as it will damage the fence. Any thought on this - is this true - will the ivy damage the fence?




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Assuming your fence is made of wood the ivy will destroy it if you do not remove. However if this does not worry you then just keep under control.

11 Jan, 2010

 

Thanks for the speedy response. I have rather a large garden on a new build site so the wooden fence was new, very bare and featureless and I liked it that the ivy was attracting so much wildlife. If it means that the fence will eventually fall down, I had better remove it as it is the boundary between my garden and a secondary school! Another reason why I have left the ivy grow wild is that it makes the fence less easy to climb over!

11 Jan, 2010

 

The ivy will eventually force its way through the wood but it may take years if its new. I personally think the ivy makes climbing it easier as there is something to grip.

11 Jan, 2010

 

Ivy is great for wildlife - but if you have a very vigorous variety, I second Moon grower's advice to keep it under control.
I have seen pics of what I thought were logs - that were actually ivy stems, they were so big. They came from an old ivy that had caused a (admittedly old and probably unstable) big wall to collapse.
I have various ivies - some are very slow and dainty - but my strong-growing one needs hacking back soon.

11 Jan, 2010

 

the ivy wont feed on the fence buts it weight may be a problem. so regular pruning to keep it in check is sound advice from my fellow GoYers.

11 Jan, 2010

 

Elaine why not remove ivy and fence and replace with a hedge. Or, at least to start with remove ivy, plant hedge and when big enough remove fence? The birds will much prefer a hedge to ivy over a fence... Have fun no matter what!

11 Jan, 2010

 

that is an excellent idea mg.

11 Jan, 2010

 

Thx. Sbg :-)

11 Jan, 2010

 

Mum planted a Ivy up against our neighbours fence and as it grew and covered it, it looked nice, insects and snails loved it then one day the fence keeled over and is just hanging onto a post, now we will have too re-new her fence.
Jackie x

11 Jan, 2010

 

Never a good idea to plant anything that will grow on or over a neighbour's fence, wall or other structure. For the very reason you have given Ladyessex. The mere fact that the snails loved it would have had me ripping it out instantly.

12 Jan, 2010

 

Don't worry Moon grower I have ripped it out but have noticed it has started to grow again as it is coming up from under concrete.

12 Jan, 2010

 

You need to treat the stumps with root killer

12 Jan, 2010

 

I will do that Carol (I think I got your name right )?
Jackie.

13 Jan, 2010

How do I say thanks?

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