Urban Forestry crews of the Seattle Department of Transportation will cut back ivy and prune trees on Holman Road Northwest from North 105th Street/Greenwood to Third Avenue Northwest tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 2. They will close the southbound, outside lane from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
On Saturday, Nov. 9, Urban Forestry crews will support volunteers from the neighborhood, including residents and businesspersons, to continue removal and cutback of ivy. As the on the previous Saturday, the southbound, curb lane of Holman Road will be closed from approximately 11th Avenue Northwest to Northwest 87th Street.
Removal of invasive vines is important to the health of trees. Ivy will quickly grow up the trunk of a tree, smothering the tree’s branches, and eventually killing the tree. Even when kept only around the base of the tree, ivy still robs the tree of nutrients and can cause rot in the trunk which can lead to tree falling over. Also, trees that have their canopies covered with ivy may not be able to withstand the additional wind or snow load caused by the extra leaf area of the vines.