Any tree experts out there?

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  1. pjslawncare/landscap

    pjslawncare/landscap LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,410

    I have two trees with Ivy infestation. Yesterday I severed the vine where it goes up the trees. Will this alone kill the ivy and should I pull the ivy off if/when it dies?

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  2. greenwithenvylandscape

    greenwithenvylandscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 134

    If you plan on keeping the tree, pull it off so it doesn't look like crap. But to answer the question, yes it will die. Make sure you cut it ALL then very carefully put Round Up on whats left at ground level. If there is grass don't get it on there. If you hav'nt cut the vin just put Round Up on the vine where you can reach and it goes through the leaves and to the root.
  3. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 4,205

    Cutting the vine at ground level will kill what's in the tree, however it is next to impossible to get it all out of the tree.
    It does take a good number of years for it all to dry out and decay enough to fall on it's own.
  4. gil

    gil LawnSite Member
    Messages: 92

    you can also climb up and remove it from the tree.
  5. Coffeecraver

    Coffeecraver LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA.
    Messages: 793

    I Agree with gil you should have someone climb the tree and remove it.

    It would be the fastest way to make it go away.

    Just be sure that whoever climbs it does not use spikes

  6. TScapes

    TScapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 453

    I agree with Coffeecraver and gil, you need to remove it, as it will be an eye sore for quite some time if not removed. Also, I would wait for it to completely die before trying to pull on it, as it will be easier once dry.
  7. greenwithenvylandscape

    greenwithenvylandscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 134

    I think I covered the removal when I said "if you plan on keeping it, pull it off so it doesn'r look like crap". I mean, get the crap out of the tree and do it before it turns brown or it will keep breaking and take forever. If you take it off now you can pull long vines off at once. Be carefull, I cant tell what it is from the pic but it may cause some real itchy problems for you.
  8. greenwithenvylandscape

    greenwithenvylandscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 134

    And why shouldn't the person wear spikes?
  9. grasswhacker

    grasswhacker LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,873

    Cannot see the tree very well, but it does not look to be in very good shape. Looks like a large part has been cut of unless I'm seeing it wrong. You may want to consider taking it down before it becomes unsafe. Hard to tell what type it is, maybe maple?
  10. Coffeecraver

    Coffeecraver LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA.
    Messages: 793

    And why shouldn't the person wear spikes?

    Spiking live trees is a violation of American National Standard ANSI A300 which states:
    Climbing spurs should not be used when climbing trees, except as specified elsewhere in this standard. Climbing spur use is permissible on tree removals and in emergencies, such as aerial rescue.
    Equipment and work practices that damage bark, cambium, live plant tissue, or any combination of these, should be avoided.
    Spurs and spikes wound trunks and allow decay organisms to enter the trunk, or they may transfer diseases from tree to tree.

    What are ANSI A300 standards?

    They are industry standards developed by a committee called the ANSI-accredited Standards Committee (ASC) A300. The committee has representatives from a broad and diverse group of industrial and governmental organizations.

    The standards dictate the requirements and recommendations of the tree care industry for satisfactory performance of tree care maintenance. This means tree care companies who perform work according to ANSI A300 standards are following accepted industry practices for tree care maintenance operations.

    For more information follow this link.


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