The Q&A Archives: Grape Ivy That Has Bare Spots And Brown Leaves

Question: I'm concerned about my grape ivy. I have it running along my fence in the backyard(I've had it for years) This spring it has alot of bare spots and alot of brown leaves. You couldn't see through it before now you can. I'm afraid I'm going to lose it. What can I do to save it? (if anything)My neighbor did cut it on her side last year I'm not sure when. Do you think this could have caused it? I wasn't sure if it could only be cut back at certain times of the year. Thank-you

Answer: By grape ivy I am assuming you mean Hedera helix, the evergreen ivy. This plant, as were many evergreens, was stressed last year by the drought and as a result, may show more winterdamage than usual. With normal rainfall, the plant should recover. Usually it does no harm to cut this back in spring and summer, but a fall trim may stimulate a new flush of growth that will be less hardened by winter and thus more likely to suffer some winter damage.

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