We thought we were killing Ivy, men ukrudt forgår ikke så let.

There’s nothing principally wrong with Ivy, of course, but when it’s keeping the house moist, eating into the roof, blocking the sun, well there is nothing principally wrong in killing ivy either. Even if has created such a beautiful spot, – a mini terrace roofed and walled on two sides entirely in evergreen. Lovely space to be in, but in the wrong place.

Forgot to take proper pictures before the crime, which is a shame, but cutting the ivy down to size was quite the task. It is incredible how a vine, liana, climber can wind around itself and attach, penetrate, create micro climate for insects and spider – lots of spiders! – and everyone else. An ecosystem to itself. Hours to meditate on the power of vines, communing with this cunning beast. Finally the sun came in, shining on the surviving little leaf in the gutter. That was our first real action on “the land”, just before the goslings arrived and changed everything….

The ivy is still with us, coming back here and there and everywhere, though most of it was cut, killed and is now fermenting suitably with pig manure on “the colonies” (which is a zone that has not yet been documented…).

The automatic quill says:

Ivy, often referred to as a vine, is a versatile plant with a wide range of uses, benefits, and potential nuisances. Its impact can vary depending on how it is managed and where it is grown.

“…Uses and Benefits of Ivy (Vine):

  1. Aesthetic Purposes:
    • Landscaping: Ivy is commonly used in landscaping to cover walls, fences, and arbors, adding a lush, green appearance to outdoor spaces. It can create a beautiful, natural backdrop for gardens.
  2. Erosion Control:
    • Soil Stabilization: Ivy’s extensive root system helps prevent soil erosion, making it valuable for stabilizing slopes and preventing landslides.
  3. Habitat and Wildlife:
    • Wildlife Shelter: Ivy provides shelter and nesting sites for various wildlife, including birds, insects, and small mammals. It contributes to biodiversity by creating microhabitats.
  4. Air Quality:
    • Air Purification: Like other plants, ivy helps improve air quality by absorbing pollutants and releasing oxygen. It can reduce the levels of certain indoor air pollutants.
  5. Energy Efficiency:
    • Insulation: Ivy-covered walls can provide natural insulation, helping regulate indoor temperatures and potentially reducing heating and cooling costs.
  6. Historical and Cultural Significance:
    • Symbolism: Ivy has symbolic value in many cultures, representing loyalty, friendship, and endurance. It has historical and cultural significance in various contexts, such as ancient Greek wreaths and medieval European architecture.

Nuisances and Potential Drawbacks of Ivy (Vine):

  1. Invasive Behavior:
    • Aggressive Growth: Ivy can be invasive and aggressive in some environments, overtaking native vegetation and harming ecosystems. English ivy (Hedera helix), for example, is considered invasive in parts of North America.
  2. Structural Damage:
    • Building Damage: Ivy can cause structural damage when it attaches to and penetrates building surfaces. Over time, it may weaken mortar, brickwork, and wood, leading to costly repairs.
  3. Maintenance Challenges:
    • Difficult to Control: Once established, ivy can be challenging to control or remove. Regular pruning and maintenance are required to prevent it from becoming unmanageable.
  4. Allergies and Irritation:
    • Allergenic Potential: Some people may be allergic to ivy’s sap, which can cause skin irritation. Inhaling pollen from flowering ivy can also trigger allergies in sensitive individuals.
  5. Habitat Alteration:
    • Ecological Impact: Invasive ivy can alter natural habitats, displacing native plant species and reducing biodiversity. It may negatively affect native wildlife by altering food sources and habitats.
  6. Fire Risk:
    • Fire Hazard: In dry climates, ivy can become a fire hazard, as it is highly flammable. It can create a ladder fuel that allows fires to climb into trees and structures.

Management and Considerations:

To maximize the benefits and minimize the nuisances of ivy:

  • Choose non-invasive species or cultivars of ivy for planting.
  • Regularly prune and manage ivy to prevent overgrowth.
  • Avoid allowing ivy to climb and damage buildings or trees.
  • Monitor ivy’s impact on local ecosystems and remove invasive varieties when necessary.
  • Be mindful of its growth in fire-prone areas and take appropriate precautions.

In conclusion, ivy, or vines, offer various uses and benefits in landscaping, erosion control, wildlife habitat, and air purification. However, when not managed properly or when invasive species are used, it can become a nuisance, causing structural damage, altering ecosystems, and creating maintenance challenges. Careful consideration and responsible management are essential when cultivating ivy to harness its advantages while mitigating potential drawbacks…”.