Ivy - A serious environmental weed
There are 2 main types of ivy weeds in Banyule:
Why is ivy a weed?
English ivy can climb 30 metres or more up tree trunks and branches. Once established, it is hard to control., because it grows roots from many points along its stems.
It can smother, damage and kill trees and plants in your garden, by
Garden ivy spreads into neighbouring gardens and bushland, where it threatens native vegetation.
Cape ivy has 2 forms- both forms can smother plants and damage fences and sheds.
They can quickly cover vegetation to a considerable height.
Seeds are dispersed by wind.
Fragments of Cape ivy will re-grow if left in contact with soil. Roots grow from nodes along stems.
What you can do about ivy?
What can you grow to replace ivy?
by Pam Rowley, for the Biodiversity Committee, Montmorency Community Group