Should ivy be re­moved from a hawthorn hedge?

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Ivy at­tracts plenty of wildlife. When you re­move this you will be up­set­ting the bal­ance of na­ture in your gar­den for a few years. How­ever, it will re­grow un­less you can dig out all the roots with­out dis­turb­ing other plants in the hedge. Guernsey Don­key2 I don’t see what you would gain by re­mov­ing the ivy. I ex­pect it’s also a lot eas­ier to keep main­tained than hawthorn would be. Ono­por­dum Cut the stems at the base and leave it to die back, rather than try to pull it out and dis­turb­ing ev­ery­thing. Cut with hed­getrim­mers a cou­ple of times a year to stop it gal­lop­ing across the rest of your gar­den. Don’t con­vince your­self it has to come out be­cause it’s a weed. raisin­girl The ivy will even­tu­ally kill the hawthorn, but ivy makes a great hedge. Just add some fenc­ing to keep it up­right or grow it up the wire for putting in re­in­forced con­crete. Makes a good nar­row pri­vacy hedge that doesn’t re­quire much trim­ming. Skandi Wind dam­age to trees is more likely to be a prob­lem, but ivy can be man­aged within a nat­u­ral hedge. Just means a bit of fore­sight and work. philippa smith2

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