Why is Ivy bad when growing on the ground?
• Ivy provides nesting places for rats and other vermin.
• English ivy's shallow root structure makes it a poor choice for erosion control and ivy limits understory regeneration of native trees, shrubs and plants by blocking sunlight and shading out native plants. (i.e. No re-growth of native plants.)
• Fast-growing ivy competes with native plants for nutrients and water.
• Ivy changes the natural succession of the forest. If you look around, you will see few young trees to replace the mature trees when they come down. Ivy also creates "ivy deserts," where other plants, native to our environment, do not grow.

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1. Why is native habitat important?
2. Why is ivy bad on trees?
3. Why not just let nature take its course?
4. What if the trees disappear?
5. Why is Ivy bad when growing on the ground?
6. Why should I remove invasive plants and do restoration now? Why not wait?
7. Who do I call if I want to have ivy or other invasive plants removed from my property?
8. What is to prevent the ivy and other invasive plants from just growing back?
9. What do I use to cover the bare soil after the ivy or other invasive plants have been removed?