Buildings covered in ivy can give a fairy-tale aesthetic that is reminiscent of homes for aspiring princes and princesses.
“So I have a barn and I want to cover it in English ivy (Hedera helix),” they began. “The plan was to grow it up the posts of the barn, however the posts have concrete footings, which means the soil on top is around 6 inches.”
They went on to say that after doing research, they discovered ivy has shallow roots, so they expected it to work its way past the concrete base with little trouble. But, just in case, they called for any tips to encourage the climbing plant to grow healthily and in the right direction.
They perhaps didn’t anticipate the warnings that followed.
“English Ivy is invasive if you aren’t in England,” one user said. “You will actively damage the ecosystem and your own property if you don’t burn those ivy starts.”
“Not only will it spread, it will destroy your barn and choke out other plants,” added another Redditor. “Your community will appreciate you not planting it.”
Indeed, the comments also featured horror stories from other gardeners, with one telling how their sweet gum tree is wrapped in the plant despite regular attempts to get rid of it.
Another recounted how they had bought a house with one side covered in ivy, and they soon found it had made its way inside.
They serve other purposes, too. For example, in areas of high temperatures and drought, native plants will be better equipped to survive with little water and maintenance, making them a great alternative to a water-intensive garden that will use up valuable drinking water.
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