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Ivy - cutting back

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hippyhoppy | 14:43 Tue 01st May 2007 | Gardening
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I have 3 Ivy plants growing on the back of my house. They have reached the guttering and are now growing up on the roof. How hard can I cut them back without destroying them? Could I cut them back to the level of the gutter? any hints would be helpful, thanks.

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I'd cut them back more severely than that. In fact, I'd try cutting them back to just a few inches above the source of the vine. At least here in the U.S. the ivy's can damage the paint and/or mortar of brick work. If they reach the level of the roof line there's a good chance they'll find their way into the attic. It doesn't take much of a crack or hole for them to get inside... If you cut them back harshly, they'll be back in a couple of years time.

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You can cut them right back i do this with mine 3 times a year. At first you may think ive took to much off but within a couple of days it will start growing again
Cut them right back to just above the first set of leaves on each stem - if you have time. If not just hack them so there are some leaves left. Ivy is tough and there's no way you'll kill it off unless you poison it!
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thanks for the advice. I've borrowed a pair of ladders from a neighbour so let's hope I don't fall off!!
If you can stand the mess just cut it for now- if you are going for the mega chop option. Let it wither for a few weeks then it is quite easy to pull off in a couple of sharp tugs. I like young looking green ivy and cut it back harshly every year.

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