What do I need to know about growing ivy on a house?
August 14, 2011 12:10 PM Subscribe
I am buying a house that has full English ivy covering the stucco on the house. I want to hear from folks that have ivy on your house or have had ivy on your house what it takes to care for it and if there's anything you wish you had known about it before you got it. The house is in Southern California, so there will be year round growth I assume.
posted by dottiechang to Home & Garden (26 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I am in escrow on an English style cottage that I have fallen in love with. It is fully covered in ivy on the stucco facade. The ivy appears to have been maintained properly and it is isolated to just the stucco, not any wood trim or roof. It looks like some English Grandmarm might just be whipping up tea and crumpets inside.
I am wondering about:
-cost of maintaining
-keeping it alive so it won't look like a sad dead plant is hanging off my house
-preventing damage to house
-will I have a crazy water bill?