Care of Boston Ivy On House
I just bought a cottage that is covered on the front facade with beautiful Boston Ivy climbing from bottom to top. The former owner didn't have the time or desire to pass along directions for maintenance. I sheepishly admit I have already created a huge, ugly bald spot about the size of a VW bug by cutting a woody part of the ivy that was keeping a gate from closing.
I have some questions about my beautiful ivy!
-How long will it take to grow back into the bald spot?
-When I prune back in the fall, do remove all the woody parts of the vine down to the ground or just leave the dry branch like material in place on the walls?
-Is it better to ask a gardener to help with care or should I enlist tree company that offers "ivy topping" which I assume is what I call "ivy haircutting"?
I am so new to this, please share your insights and advice!