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Question: My friend has a maple tree in the front of her house that is about 3 feet in diameter. It is covered in english ivy and some other kind of ivy that

Answer: When the ivy is up in a large tree like this, it is a huge job to try to physically remove it. I would suggest cutting the ivy off at ground level and allowing the portion on the tree to die and defoliate and then deteriorate naturally. You might be able to remove some of it by hand but cutting and yanking it off can damage the bark -- and is so high you would need professional equipment and expertise to do it safely. The ivy will regrow with a vengeance due to its well established root system, so you may want to paint the cut stems with an herbicide containing glyphosate, or trim it regularly. Be careful not to damage the trunk of the tree when cutting the ivy. The bushy portions are probably very mature ivy that has become "arboreal" -- like a woody shrub. Good luck with this big project!

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