Now that I’ve gotten the ball rolling on our latest garage-end curb appeal project by planting a climbing plant to grow up and over the garage pergola we added last fall, I noticed how badly I need to trim the ivy on the left side of the garage.
We planted the ivy about a year after we moved in to have something planted there, but we have ignored it for a while. About nine years, to be exact. Until we started the other projects out there, I didn’t even notice how out of control it had gotten. But now it is time to deal with it.
I should mention that I’m not much of a gardener. At all. I was a tomboy growing up and loved to play in the dirt and definitely wasn’t scared of bugs back then. And no one would accuse me of being prissy even now. But I do not like to touch plants. Or have bugs crawling on me. So, in order to take on this task, I suited up with heavy-duty work gloves. No plant touching for me. O, and I had some clippers (technically bypass pruners), too.
I cut down everything I could reach from the sides because I didn’t want that plant in the front touching me.
And then I waited for Michael to get home so he could help me.
While he was hacking away at the ivy, J and I were busying drawing trucks and cars in the driveway a few feet away.
After Michael was done with the sections he could reach and somewhat-easily get down, here is what we were left with. In a week or so (once the remaining pieces have started to die), we’ll revisit the parts still on the house.
We left the ivy spilling out of the built-in planter for now, but I think we may have to remove that at some point, too.
Have you had to cut down any ivy? Have any good tips for removing the remnants of the ivy from the brick? Drawn any great driveway trucks lately?