Climbing Vine that wont damage brick house

melissa402June 24, 2007

Help!!!! I've heard that ivy will damage the mortar on a brick house. I'm looking for an evergreen/semi-evergreen vine that will climb the brick on the front of my house without damaging it. Putting up some sort of wire for it to cling to is not out of the question but I really would rather not. The area I am trying to fill-in is very high so it would be difficult for me to prune on a regular basis. I live in zone 6. I'm not concerned whether the vine flowers or not. Any suggestions would greatly be appreciated. Thanks!


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IF YOUR MORTAR IS IN GOOD SHAPE, most self clinging vines will not damage the brick. Choose a well behaved vine suitable for the location (you didn't give us info on sun/shade/moist/dry, etc.). Keep it trimmed away from window frames and the roof eaves. The bricks will be unsightly if the vine is removed and you will need to use a wire brush or a small sander to clean the surface. Or, you will need to build a trellis or use mortar nails to install a twining vine as these are not self supporting. I would not let English ivy climb my house. In your zone, you will need to compromise on the evergreen criterion. You actually don't want wet areas against the house when it freezes - that will wreck the brick.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2007 at 2:02PM
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