Garden expert issues warning about common plants that could ‘suffocate’ your trees: ‘They really make a mess’

Garden expert issues warning about common plants that could ‘suffocate’ your trees: ‘They really make a mess’

A garden expert explains the dangers of common invasive species and why they need to be removed from native trees.

In a video that has gone viral, Lucas The Lorax (@lucasthelorax) reveals a tree covered in Hedera snails, a fast-growing vine known as English ivy. Native to Europe and parts of western Asia, English ivy was brought to North America and marketed as a ground cover.

@lucasthelorax Invasive vines on trees! English Ivy (Hedera Helix)! #fyp #trending #foryou #vine #ivy #invasivespecies #plants #tree #nature #urban #environment #treetok #learnontiktok #educational #city #LA ♬ original audio – Lucas The Lorax

“Right now, a lot of money and resources are being spent on removing it,” Lucas says. “Because they are so aggressive, this common ivy will outcompete this tree for nutrients and resources.”

TikTokers agreed that ivy was harmful to the local ecosystem and shared similar instances of invasive species overtaking their yards.

“It wreaks havoc on brick and cement walls too,” one user wrote.

Another TikToker replied: “Here in Western Australia, if the ivy really settles in during the winter, the wind will pick up the ivy leaves and act like a kite and knock down the trees, which is terrible.”

Invasive species negatively impact the surrounding ecosystem because they overtake the landscape and stunt plant growth.

Instead of using foreign plants, such as English ivy, as ground covers in your garden, consider adding native plant species to your garden. Native plants, such as clover and buffalo grass, not only provide ground cover but also support the local environment by attracting key pollinators.

Installing a native vegetable garden also has economic benefits. Because native plants require less water and lawn maintenance, you can save $275 on water, $50 on fertilizer, and $50 on pesticides and weed control each year.

TikTokers discussed the problem of invasive species spreading through their areas.

“Reminds me of the ubiquitous kudzu in SC,” one user commented.

“I now live in Florida and many of the invasive vines here are covering everything,” another TikToker wrote.

“I still have to cut down the Virginia creepers around some trees,” one user wrote. “Sigh. The battle that never ends.”

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