Replacing ugly ivy with virginia creeper.

(3 Posts)
NoisesOff Sun 10-Mar-13 08:09:32

How? When? Any tips?

We've got a huge ugly ivy plant growing up one end of our house. It's rooted at the base of a west-facing wall and also grows round to the north-facing wall. The walls are 19th century brick and it's a listed building so I really mustn't damage it. The walls are three storeys high.

So, any advice? Is there anything I should know? Does it matter when I do it? Is it just a matter of ripping up the ivy and popping in the new plant? There's only a tiny spot to plant the creeper and I won't be able to pull up the ivy roots because the surrounding area is concreted over.

I really want to do this but I'm a bit scared.

Thanks for reading.

CabbageLeaves Sun 10-Mar-13 08:13:43

Not really informed advice because its based on cleaning ivy of far less valuable structures, but I cut through the main stem and then peel the ivy off later when it's hold has lessened due to the dying back.

NoisesOff Sun 10-Mar-13 20:39:09

Cabbage, thank you! This could take me some time. There's a LOT of ivy...

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