How To Remove Ivy From Trees: Best Practices

Ivy looks beautiful climbing up the sides of houses and even more beautiful when it’s living in harmony with nature rather than suffocating it. That’s why it’s common to see ivy growing on trees. But when does ivy start becoming a problem?

Trees know when they’re in trouble. Even though ivy doesn’t obstruct the growth of a tree’s branches, it can cause problems with its roots. If you have noticed a tree on your property with ivy, Frady Tree Care is Charlotte’s trusted tree service company. We can help you get rid of ivy so that your trees can thrive.

When Does Ivy Become A Problem?

Ivy plants become a problem when they completely take over a tree’s branches. Ivy vines start suffocating the tree by impeding sunlight from reaching its leaves, disrupting water flow to its roots, and impeding any nutrients or oxygen from traveling throughout the tree. Some reasons to remove ivy include:

  • Impeded sunlight. Ivy will attach itself to the tree’s branches and start suffocating it by blocking any sunlight from reaching its leaves. The shade created by the ivy will slowly starve the tree of nutrients and water, and it can even cause decay or mold growth that makes it unsuitable for wildlife to live in.
  • Impeded water flow. Ivy will attach itself to the tree’s branches and begin to take over the flow of water that the tree needs to survive.
  • Impeded nutrient flow. Ivy is a flowering plant, and when it flowers, it spreads its seeds, which can travel through animal feces to different locations. This allows it to grow quickly and will continue to affect the tree’s health until it is removed.

How To Remove Ivy From Trees: The Steps

If you have excessive ivy climbing your tree on your property, we can help you remove it. Here’s our step-by-step process of removing ivy from trees.

Step 1: Water

Soft soil and water are the keys to removing ivy from trees safely. This will prevent any damage to the tree’s bark, roots, and trunk while we’re removing the ivy. It also makes breaking apart the ivy significantly easier.

Step 2: Cutting With a Pruner

Once we’ve watered down the area around the tree, we’ll cut away as much of the ivy as possible using a hand pruner. This will lessen the amount of effort it takes to remove it from the tree. It will also prevent us from doing any damage to its trunk or roots.

Step 3: Removing the Ivy

We’re ready to get rid of the ivy for good. We’ll take out any remaining roots using a shovel and use the pruner to get rid of any stubborn parts of ivy that are left behind.

Step 4: Post Removal Care

After all the ivy is removed, it’s important to keep watch over your tree for signs of damage or disease due to the presence of ivy. 

If you have any questions or concerns about the health of your tree, contact our tree trunk removal experts, and we will come to take a look at it.

Tree Care Specialists in Charlotte, NC

If you have a tree on your property that has been affected by ivy, we can help you remove it. Your home or business will be taken care of when using tree health services by Frady Tree Care.

Contact us today by calling 704-644-2516 or using our form on our website to get a free estimate on ivy removal or to schedule an appointment. We service Charlotte and surrounding areas in North Carolina.


Frady Tree Care has the most reliable and professional tree services in the Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Kernersville, Clemmons & High Point, NC areas! Our team is a third-generation certified and fully-insured arboriculture firm. With more than 100 years of combined experience, we are the tree service experts you can trust.


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