Will Boston Ivy harm my stucco siding?
August 1, 2012 10:26 AM Subscribe
I have mature and well established Boston Ivy
(not English Ivy
) growing on the side and front of my stucco house. I am worried about damage to the stucco, but I am finding conflicting information about whether I should remove it. Does anyone have any clear guidance on this? More details inside.
posted by neksys to home & garden (2 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The house was built in the 1930s. The ivy looks ancient and is well-established. The stucco is in good shape and appears to have been well maintained over the years. There are no visible cracks.
The problem is that when I look for information on ivy vs. stucco, I find conflicting information:
1) Remove it immediately as it will break down the stucco siding;
2) Stucco is too hardy to be damaged by Boston ivy if it is in good shape, leave it be but keep it trimmed so it doesn't get into soffits/vents/etc.
3) Boston Ivy can damage stucco but the harm caused by removing it is way worse than just leaving it alone.
Its beautiful and I would like to keep it, but not at the expense of having to get an old home re-stucco'd.
A lot of the confusion seems to stem from a misunderstanding of the difference between Boston Ivy vs. English Ivy. I have Boston Ivy. English Ivy has aerial rootlets that dig into cracks in a wall (or make new cracks if it can't find any). Boston Ivy has little gecko feet that stick to the surface of a wall (and isn't really an ivy in any event). Anecdotal horror stories or advice about English Ivy, though interesting, are not helpful!
What is my best choice in this? Does anyone have any conclusive advice?