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  1. purpleorchid09

    purpleorchid09 Apprentice Gardener

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    Hi guys, I've got a lot of this ivy in my garden and would like to identify it. I want to remove the fence panel it seems to be using to climb up. Is the trunk still alive? If so will the whole plant die if I remove it? I'm not sure what I'm going to do yet but would like to know what type of plant it is first. Thanks!

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      Hello @purpleorchid09 , and welcome to the corner :sign0016:

      That looks like very common ivy that`s been there for ages. You can hack at it to your heart`s content, and it will keep on growing. That main stem is old and well established.
      It can do lots of damage to fences and buildings - knocked a wall right down a couple of years ago in my own garden.
      The wrens love to nest in it though, and the bees like it too :)
       
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        Welcome to the Corner :sign0016:

        Tetters is right, even if you sever the main stem, the branches will adapt into roots and get in anywhere in order to survive :hate-shocked:
         
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            Hi @purpleorchid09 and welcome aboard! :sign0016:

            @Zigs and @Tetters are spot on - the only thing I would add is that if/when you do want to tackle it, can I suggest that you wear a face mask in addition to gloves, as I found that there was a rather nasty dust coming off the one I hacked a few years back.
             
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              Been hacking it back in my own garden cant do too much about it as its rooted in next doors garden, but it had taken over the fence pretty much on one side of the garden.
              I just cut through every stem I can see, the bigger the better.
              I think its a PITA to be honest, much better plants than Ivy.:smile:
               
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