English Ivy is destroying our native plants at all levels from the forest floor right through to the canopy.
English or common Ivy (Araliaceae – Hedera helix) grows on almost any surface smothering its host plants in dense mats which often lead to their collapse. Ivy covers the forest floor and stops our native seedlings from emerging. Birds spread its seed and cuttings (usually as a result of dumping green waste) take and grow quickly in almost any conditions.
English Ivy is in our Dirty Dozen because it spreads and grows quickly, destroying our native plants at all levels in our forests.
How you can help…
You can remove it from your gardens and edges around you the vines by cutting and applying herbicide to remove them. MetGel from Cut’n’Paste works a treat, for the best outcome you should cut just above the ground and quickly (within a few seconds) apply the gel. Try working in pairs, one cutting and the other pasting. Be careful if it is well established on a host plant as any herbicide may impact its host as well. Please always read the instructions on the label and wear protective clothing.
If you are in the Tutukaka area and need help or access to MetGel please contact us text 022 526 1972 or email firstname.lastname@example.org – our team of weed surveyors and slayers are only too happy to assist!
For more information check out Northland Regional Council’s Pest Control Hub (click here) or Weedbusters (click here)