I have this large bed at the front of my house. Its filled with ivy. I kind of liked that when I first moved in here last summer but over the fall and winter it has kind of become an
eyesore. Im wondering if i should get rid of it and replace with some low shrubs and other plantings or keep it and clean it up. It gets very little sun during the summer because of the trees above so that will limit me on what I can replace it with. I seem to keep coming up with reasons to get rid of it but I actually like the look of ivy so im kind of torn about this.
My pros for it are:
-its kind of good looking as long as its clean.
-its green and full all year round
-grows fast and covers the ground good
My cons for it are:
-full of leaves from above trees
-seedlings keep popping up
-constantly have to trim it
-harbors bugs and other critters right up against the house
Check out my pics below and let me know what you think.
Commented on Jun 29, 2012
Thanks Douglas...I actually found some Roundup Pro yesterday afternoon which has what you have
suggested. I sprayed it yesterday evening so im hoping to see some reaction in the next few days or so. Thanks again.
BTW...I moved the Crepe...parred it down to about a 3 foot stump, dug up the whole rootball and moved it to a sunnier place. It has already recovered and produced new limbs. Still havent decided on what im going to put in this bed yet though.
With temperatures expected to be 100+ by the weekend, now is the time to make sure your home is ready for the heat! We have posted some helpful to help your home keep it's cool: http://bit.ly/LgVDrQ - but we'd really love to get some more creative ideas for staying cool!
-Keep the thermostat set at 78 degrees F or higher if using ceiling fans. Don't air-condition unused rooms.
-Clean your A/C's air filter every month during cooling season. Normal dust build-up can reduce air flow
by 1 percent per week.
-Turn off your A/C when you leave for more than an hour.
Commented on Jun 28, 2012
For those of you not here in Atlanta...please do not call it HOTlanta...that's a throw back
marketing term from the 80's. No one here calls it that anymore. :)
This is one of many bees that have been swarming around our backyard.... What are they, do they sting, why are they swarming in one particular area and close to the ground? Do they nest in the dirt or grass? they look and act very intimidating, but havent stung. Im afraid they will! Help!
Commented on Jun 28, 2012
That's a male Cow Ant. The males fly and the females do not. They aren't aggressive to people
but if you mess with them they will sting. I had a friend stung by one and he said it hurt way worse than a regular wasp. I think they tend to like sandy soil. I have a sandy backyard where a above ground pool used to be and I have seen them there before.
I found this page for you that may give you more info.