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Volunteers Remove English Ivy, Urge Others to Do Likewise

Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021
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Volunteers Frances Harris and Tim Logue remove English ivy from trees at the Town Hall Campus.

If you have English ivy on your property, the Hillsborough Tree Board encourages you to remove it. Volunteers can show you how to remove the invasive plant without damaging your trees.

In a four-minute video, volunteers Tim Logue and Frances Harris share simple methods and list the tools you need to get started. They also give reasons why removing English ivy is good for your landscaping and the environment.

“By removing ivy from your trees, you’ll promote the trees’ health, reduce the chance of storm damage, and help our urban forests continue to sequester carbon,” said Logue. 

Logue, Harris and Liz Waters regularly volunteer their time to remove English ivy from town property. Logue and Waters currently serve on the Tree Board. Harris is a former member. They’ve recently cleared ivy from five cedar trees in the Old Town Cemetery and several trees on the Town Hall Campus. This fall, you may see them working on the Riverwalk greenway.

“You can hear the tree breathe a sigh of relief as you uncover it,” Harris said. “It’s satisfying to remove the ivy and see the tree’s root flare at the ground.”

If you see the volunteers working, you are welcome to watch from a distance and ask questions.

Removing thick ivy vines that almost completely engulf a tree can be a daunting task. Harris recommends tackling the vines like a puzzle, choosing the easiest ones first to create space to access the difficult vines.

“Like any project, you have to be patient and steady with it,” Logue agreed.     

For helpful tips, see the fact sheet below and the English Ivy Removal video on the town’s YouTube channel: www.YouTube.com/user/TownOfHillsboroughNC.

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