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Dragoon
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Best Ivy For Brick?
Interested in letting some ivy grow on the facade of our 1940s brick home; I’ve had a few people tell me there are few worse things than letting Ivy grow on your brick.

Then again, Japanese Ivy was recommended asks supposedly doesn’t grow into the porous parts of the brick?

Any suggestions for Ivy that doesn’t do irreparable damage to a home?


fishfighter
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re: Best Ivy For Brick?
So, you looking to attract bugs in your house. Don't do it. A brick wall away from the house, sure.


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hungryone
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re: Best Ivy For Brick?
I wouldn't do it.....and I have a tangerine cross vine growing on a trellis over one set of my garage doors. It vines up the house a few feet, then transitions to a metal trellis/pergola that spans the double garage doors. It is an ongoing chore (2-3 times a summer) to make sure that the vine stays mostly on the trellis & doesn't run up to the roof.

I can't imagine fighting with ivy, year round. The cross vine at least goes dormant in winter & is easily pruned then.


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Geauxld Finger
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re: Best Ivy For Brick?
Fig ivy or English ivy are most common. I wouldn’t do either one because it ruins the brick long term.

Drive some eye bolts into the wall and loop wire for a trellis. Then plant confederate jasmine. It’s the fastest growing one


Bill Parker?
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re: Best Ivy For Brick?
Got that fig ivy. Plenty of bugs for the lizards and snakes to stay happy. Great entertainment watching the ladies scream and run to the car every time something slithers out at their feet.


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SSpaniel
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re: Best Ivy For Brick?
quote:

Interested in letting some ivy grow on the facade of our 1940s brick home


Get interested in something else really quickly.



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Thecoz
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re: Best Ivy For Brick?
Do not do this
I had a few varieties in an older historic home that I was always fighting
Look cool but eventually will damage and when you do take if down you will have repair work
Plus your always trimming the darn stuff away from your windows as it will sneak into the cracks where window metal meets brickwork
Or where you open the windows
You will regret this later if you do it


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NATidefan
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Member since Dec 2008
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re: Best Ivy For Brick?
Plants growing on your home are a bad idea.

Trees overhanging your home arent a great idea.

Plants touching your home arent a great idea.

All of these lead to bad things for your home. Not saying they dont look pretty
This post was edited on 8/13 at 3:24 am


Geauxld Finger
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re: Best Ivy For Brick?
Put concrete all around your house

(Kidding)



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Cracker
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re: Best Ivy For Brick?
No
NO!
Might as well plant bamboo


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Zappas Stache
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re: Best Ivy For Brick?
If your mortar is in excellent condition then ivy won't damage it. But I'm guessing if its a 1940s house then the mortar is soft and has some cracks, etc. In that case most ivy will get in the cracks and do further damage. Building a lattice of either wood or wire would allow you to plant a twining vine that won't cling to the brick such as confederate jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides), yellow jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens)attracts bees, coral honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)-Not to be confused with Japanese Honeysuckle which is way too aggressive.
This post was edited on 8/13 at 7:51 pm


fightin tigers
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re: Best Ivy For Brick?
Did a job years ago where somehow they convinced their neighbor (zero lot line) to allow us to mount wire and grow ivy on their house.

Always baffled me. The landscape architect had huge knockers though, probably helped in the negotiation.



Isn't the only case where this was allowed, baffles me.
This post was edited on 8/13 at 8:55 pm


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