How can I check if a tree would have been killed by ivy?
April 21, 2014 8:55 AM Subscribe
There is a plot of land near me that will now be built on, because the large tree growing on it was being killed by ivy. How do I check if this was true?
posted by devnull to Science & Nature (10 answers total)
The land contained a big tree and was wrapped by ivy. It seemed quite healthy: it looked like a normal tree with leaves in spring and summer and a normal trunk. But I'm no expert.
I suspect the story about the ivy killing the tree may not be quite true: there are strong financial incentives to get cut down the tree and build on the land.
The tree has already been cut down, and what is left is the stump, and parts of the trunk chopped up by a chainsaw. Is there anything I can look for now to verify the story with the ivy?