Protecting Sentinel Trees by Removing Ivy

Eileen Grant and Lynn Gas pulling ivy from trees on a hillside at Ivy Hill Cemetery.
Tree Stewards Eileen Grant, left, and Lynn Gas, right, helped trees Saturday at Ivy Hill Cemetery in Alexandria by removing invasive ivy. Photo by Tree Steward Jane Seward

Alexandria’s natural resources staff plans more volunteer efforts to eradicate invasive plants.
still of video on removing invasive ivy
Click here to watch a short video about the event and the dangers of ivy.


Don’t just stop at trees! Here are 40 reasons to remove ivy from your yard. Thank you, Colin Purrington, for compiling this list. The environmental destruction caused by English ivy (Hedra helix) is a classic example of why native plants, which evolved to support native bees, caterpillars, butterflies, birds and mammals, are always the best choice.

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TreeStewards of Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia, are trained volunteers who work to protect, preserve, and enhance urban tree canopy through public education and volunteer activities such as planting, pruning, and caring for trees.
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