Should ivy be removed from a hawthorn hedge?
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