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The climbing ivy in our church garden will be removed in the next week or two.  You might wonder "Why?"  The short answer is "to protect our local ecosystem."

English ivy can be an attractive, low-maintenance ground cover.  However, it undergoes a personality change as it climbs upward.  It turns into an aerial "bush" which eventually weakens and kills the host tree. It also starts to produce fruit.  Birds eat the fruit and then spread the seed into nearby woodlands, where ivy is an invasive weed which smothers native plants.

As you can see below, our ivy vine has climbed high into the ginkgo tree.  It has also begun producing fruit.

By removing the ivy now, we will protect the health of our own tree and also avoid future harm to nearby natural lands.  In other words, we will put our seventh principle into action.

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Comment by Mark DeCourval on February 9, 2012 at 4:32pm

Sad that being pretty and attractive does not necessarily mean that it is harmless.

Comment by Anne Slater on February 9, 2012 at 2:16pm

Good move, Lora.

Ivy is also a haven for all sorts of nasty little critters.

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