Neighborhood volunteers, including residents and business persons, will cut back ivy and prune trees will on Holman Road Northwest tomorrow, Nov. 9, with the support of Urban Forestry crews of the Seattle Department of Transportation. They will work from approximately 13th Avenue Northwest to Northwest 87th Street, closing the southbound, outside lane from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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.