What the heck kills English Ivy?
First - Hello! I've never posted here before and hope I'm not too far North to join in with you folks - I'm in Mid-Mo.
I have English Ivy planted around a large oak tree in my yard. I know, some people feel it's a horrible plant, but I keep it trimmed and contained and don't let it get big enough to blossom and even go to the extent of burning the trimmings so they can't spread somewhere unwanted. But now it's dying-all of it. Looks horrible. It's about three years old and has looked great until now. There is a lot of leaves in the bed from last fall that I haven't cleaned out yet, but that should hurt it. There is a large black colony in the same bed, within the ivy, that I've never been able to erradicate. Could they be killing my ivy? I planted it specifically because it was hard to kill, so this is a puzzle for me.