Keeping ivy in its place

Learn more on how to contain ivy

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  • Variegated ivy softens the edges of this long container planted with three dwarf Alberta spruce trees.

    Keeping ivy in its place

    Christina Schmidhofer

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To protect woodlands, keep ivy indoors, or outdoors only as a potted plant or in a contained area. If your ivy blooms, cut off flowers and seed heads, and consider replacing the ivy with a noninvasive ground cover like Epimedium.

Also keep ivy out of trees. It can weaken them by causing crown rot and by overtaking and killing leaves. To remove ivy from a tree, cut vines off at the base. After the vine above the cut dies, strip it off by hand.


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