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 In January at Ivy Hill Cemetery in Alexandria by removing invasive ivy. Tree Stewards, Master Naturalists, Master Gardeners and other volunteers, led by city Natural Resources Division staff, will conduct a second Invasive Removal Event (IRE) on Saturday, March 16 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the cemetery. Photo by Tree Steward Jane Seward

Sign up here to volunteer Saturday afternoon, March 16!

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.

About TreeStewards

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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