Ivy, English or Atlantic (Hedera helix or Hedera hibernica) on Feb 12, 2021
Submitter has sample EDRR Status: Local expert notified
Description of specimen
We have some on our hillside/cliff that I want to remove, but I think it would require special climbing skills! Also, I see it all along Clackamas River Drive.
Thanks for your report! Unfortunately ivy is too widespread and resources are too thin for land managers to assist with control. Controlling this species is of high importance, and we encourage you to take the steps to control this plant on your property. Below is some information to help you with this. Don't despair, you can do it!
Tackling an infestation of ivy is no easy task, but well worth the investment. If you notice a small infestation, do not delay in removing it. The longer one waits to treat ivy, the effort it takes to remedy the situation increases exponentially. If you have a large infestation that seems overwhelming try breaking the project into smaller more manageable areas, and tackle new areas as time allows. If you set smaller goals you might be less likely to be discouraged.
Follow these simple steps for an ivy free landscape.
• Carefully cut vines climbing trees and pull these vines away from the base of the tree.
• Pull vines and roots from ivy creeping along the ground. Don’t forget your gloves and scissors.
• Dispose of cut vines in yard waste, or dry out completely and compost
• Re-visit the site regularly to control re-growth
For more detailed information on English ivy and its control follow the link below:
The Nature Conservancy in Oregon
All along Clackamas River Drive. It's killing trees along the road. One side of the road slopes, is a hill, the other side of the road is the land next to the river, which also includes cliffs. There is ivy everywhere!
Samuel Leininger Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District 4-County Cooperative Weed Management Area Columbia Gorge Cooperative Weed Management Area