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Tree replacements

Portland is undertaking a project in the Sellwood area to remove a bunch of ill, non-native trees, and replace them with native species of trees. While they do that, they're going to remove a bunch of English ivy. I say good! Native trees are better, and that English ivy is a pest. It's pretty, but it's evil. It's like kudzu, it grows everywhere, and what's worse, it chokes trees to death. I often fantasize about it all just dying off. Yet some people keep it in their yards because, as I mention, it's pretty.

Personally, I think Portland should ban the use of English ivy in landscaping, and offer some kind of monetary incentive to destroy any English ivy that happens to grow on its own in your yard. Not sure how that would work, but it's a thought.

This was cross-posted from http://fayanora.dreamwidth.org/1076081.html
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wizwom
Apr. 10th, 2012 01:51 am (UTC)
English Ivy will also infest a lawn. its really quite an annoying plant.
fayanora
Apr. 10th, 2012 01:55 am (UTC)
Yup yup.
erauqs
Apr. 10th, 2012 03:01 am (UTC)
We've personally taken part in attemps at genocide of invasive plant species and seen the effect a single person can have (quite a significant one). English ivy though... that stuff... birds take single pieces for nests, drop a tiny bit and a season later it's spread like wildfire. Without funding AND total community support we don't see successful control of the plant.
fayanora
Apr. 10th, 2012 03:03 am (UTC)
Yeesh, I didn't know it was THAT virulent. O_O
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fayanora
Apr. 11th, 2012 01:21 am (UTC)
Yeesh. Sounds trying.
kelly_holden
Apr. 12th, 2012 04:09 am (UTC)
# The holly and the ivy/ when they come up in your yard/ go and get the Round-Up/ and hit the mongrels hard.

I don't actually know the 'real' words to that carol.
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