1. Visiting from the US? Why not try DIYnot.US instead? Click here to continue to DIYnot.US.
    Dismiss Notice

protecting Ivy damaged garden wall for winter?

Discussion in 'Building' started by Matt1082, 27 Nov 2011.

  1. Matt1082

    Matt1082

    Joined:
    30 Dec 2010
    Messages:
    8
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    ok...wall at bottom of our garden (maybe 5/6m long, 2m high) has pretty well-established ivy all over a good half of it, and razor wire on top.

    In removing the razor wire, the ivy on the top of the wall is coming with it. I've also started hacking (carefully, not pulling too hard and ignoring - for the moment - bits that don't separate from the wall with moderate force) at the ivy, although I've only removed maybe 1/4 of it (I've also separated the roots from the rest of the plant) and don't want to intentionally remove any more, for the following reason:

    In doing all this it's become obvious that the ivy has been protecting the wall (which presumably was built with the house, making it 80 years old), and that the wall is not in the best state of repair. The bricks themselves aren't looking too bad, and aren't spalling excessively. I'm more worried about gaps in the mortar (there are several large deep cracks, although these are mainly between the bricks where the mortar has worn away.

    So...I'm wondering what, if anything I need to do to protect the bits of the wall which are now exposed. I'm sure it's not likely to fall down in the next month (though I do have a tendancy to assume the worst), but I'd like to minimise any damage over winter if I can.

    Any thoughts?
    ta
     
  2. HERTS P&D

    HERTS P&D

    Joined:
    9 Apr 2010
    Messages:
    8,446
    Thanks Received:
    1,196
    Location:
    Hertfordshire
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    The ivy is doing the damage to the wall as the ivy 'digs' into the mortar to hold on. Thus pulling the wall apart.

    Remove the ivy and have the wall repointed.

    Andy
     
  3. RedHerring2

    RedHerring2

    Joined:
    1 May 2010
    Messages:
    2,434
    Thanks Received:
    151
    Location:
    Staffordshire
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    If you've cut the Ivy at the stem, therefore it's dying, I'd leave it for a year or so for the roots that dig into the mortar, etc to die/decay a little. Then it'll become more brittle and it'll be easier to remove.
     
  4. DIYnot Local

    DIYnot Local

    Joined:
    3 Sep 2019
    Country:
    United Kingdom

    If you need to find a tradesperson to get your job done, please try our local search below, or if you are doing it yourself you can find suppliers local to you.

    Select the supplier or trade you require, enter your location to begin your search.


    Are you a trade or supplier? You can create your listing free at DIYnot Local

     
Loading...

Share This Page