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Evil ivy

IvyWhat’s the deal with ivy? It climbs where it’s not wanted, chokes and kills most other greenery in its path and harbors bugs and spiders. Why would anybody plant this stuff?

These are my thoughts as I work to get my home ready for painting. I practically need a crowbar to get ivy "ropes" out of the grooves in my exterior walls. And we have "scars" on our wood ceilings inside where ivy pushed its way in, unwanted, unbidden.

You always hear about the struggle to get rid of ivy. Is anyone planting ivy these days? Why? I don’t want to hurt the ivy industry, but geez. Who needs this stuff?

I’ve pretty much gotten it off my walls. Any suggestions on how to rid my garden of it altogether and forever?

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