"firstname.lastname@example.org" 12/02/03 03:41pm >>>wrote;
In order to pay due attention to nesting and reproductive needs of birds and
bats the removal of ivy is best done between late August and Early October.
I also used to recommend Ivy severance during late summer so that the Ivy leaf
would die and fall away at the same time as the leaves of the host. Thereby
reducing the aesthetic impact in a garden setting.
However, its not a big deal but I frequently found that despite the thorough
severance of all stems within my 6" exclusive band, the ivy leaf would often
persist long after Autumn leaf fall prolonging my client's agony.
Of course the prevailing climate must be the prime factor in this exercise and
I wonder whether a shift to early August would more likely guarantee the rapid
drying of Ivy leaf to achieve synchronised leaf fall. IMO allowing Ivy to
fall away over a period of time following severance,
allows for the gradual migration of dependant species to and from the niche
and as such satisfies our Duty to consider Protected Species.
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