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By Shallot

Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Gb

Can an English Ivy plant cause dampness to penetrate new roughcast and damage its integrity



I would have said yes it could.

9 May, 2010


Thank you Moon Grower is your' answer based on personal experience because the plant is on a neighbours wall facing onto my garden and I wouldn't want hefty repair bills

9 May, 2010


If you are saying that you are growing your ivy on the wall of your neighbour's property I would remove it immediately. You will be held responsible for any damage and unless your neighbour has given their permission you don't have the right to grow anything on their wall. You need to erect a freestanding trellis and grow things up this.

Ivy can, and does, damage any wall as the sucker pads attack the surface. We removed a large ivy from the gable end of our house and the stone underneath was seriously damaged.

9 May, 2010


Got the same response from other like minded people MG so thanks for input.

10 May, 2010


We removed an ivy growing on our own garden wall which my husband had built 30 years ago. The ivy went in about 15 years ago. We had ro remove it because although the pads were not causing any problem ( we had been assured they would not) tendrils from new growth seemed to seek out every little crack between the top of the wall and the topping slabs. They then grew under the slabs and just kept on pushing making the topping unsafe. I would not have ivy in my garden again, there are far better wall shrubs. It took us 3 years to get rid of it. As MG says a free standing trellis is the way to go. In England and to a lesser extent ivy is killing off very old trees.The thick green foliage cuts out light to the tree and it dies eventually from lack of being able to produce chlorophyll.

22 Jul, 2010

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