People with ivy all over their houses

Gillythedilf

Goalkeeper
My neighbour has it growing on my garage wall which is facing her garden. I go up and cut it back now and again but the wall is never dry and grows in between the felt and into the garage.

Why anyone would want it is beyond me. Looks shit.
I think you’ve summed it up perfectly.

Was fashionable once, not so much now.

Renderers must be making a fortune in Herrington, everybody is getting new rendering at the moment.

Reason I say that is the nice, big house set back just after the Board Inn, was covered in ivy and looked dark and dingy but the new owners have stripped it back and redone it all. Looks lovely now.
Render ,especially that brick render abortion looks Shan like .

Wrong country to have it in as it turns minging within a couple of year.

Render .
Fake grass .
Ganny Cladding in the bathroom .
Solar Panels .
Conservatories.(especially )
Laminate flooring.
Electric fires.
White six panel doors with brass handles .


Are all a sign the occupants of the house are 60 plus.
 

Goat Eyes

Striker
Render ,especially that brick render abortion looks Shan like .

Wrong country to have it in as it turns minging within a couple of year.

Render .
Fake grass .
Ganny Cladding in the bathroom .
Solar Panels .
Conservatories.(especially )
Laminate flooring.
Electric fires.
White six panel doors with brass handles .


Are all a sign the occupants of the house are 60 plus.
I agree with all above.

Render looks nice for a while then people don’t bother trying to keep it nice.
 

Churchlanelad

Full Back
Advice from the RHS, hopefully useful:

Self-clinging climbers such as Boston ivy and Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus sp.) do not usually cause damage to wall surfaces, but common or English ivy (Hedera helix sp.) supports itself by aerial roots and where these penetrate cracks or joints they may cause structural damage. Sound masonry is unaffected.

Its dense cover can hide defects in the fabric of the building and hinder maintenance work. Ivy may also provide access for intruders and harbour pests such as mice.

Where brickwork is sound, the main problem is to keep growth away from gutters and paint work.

It has been suggested that vegetation attached to walls could lead to dampness resulting from slower drying conditions following rain. This may be plausible on a south-west facing wall where the rain is driven by prevailing winds. However, other sources suggest that such plants will have a slight drying effect on mortar and will also provide some degree of insulation in winter, particularly evergreen ivies covering exposed north and east-facing walls.

Large climbers can pose a risk to buildings. Such problems are most likely with older property, those with shallow foundations and those built on clay soils.
  • Ivy can be killed by severing the stem and treating the stump with a proprietary stump and rootkiller based on glyphosate (e.g. Roundup Tree Stump & Rootkiller, SBM Job done Tough Tree Stump Killer (soluble sachet only), Doff Tree Stump & Tough Weedkiller and Westland Resolva Extra Tough Weedkiller, Westland Deep Root Ultra Tree Stump & Weedkiller) or triclopyr (Vitax SBK Brushwood Killer)
  • Top growth may be treated with glyphosate or triclopyr also, but ivy is not easily controlled by weedkiller sprays due to the glossy nature of its leaves. Repeat application may be necessary. Once the foliage has been killed, it can be pulled from the wall
Dead foliage and stems are relatively easy to remove from walls but aerial roots are persistent and can only be removed using a hard brush or paint scraper.
 

the boot

Midfield
I think you’ve summed it up perfectly.

Was fashionable once, not so much now.

Renderers must be making a fortune in Herrington, everybody is getting new rendering at the moment.

Reason I say that is the nice, big house set back just after the Board Inn, was covered in ivy and looked dark and dingy but the new owners have stripped it back and redone it all. Looks lovely now.
Longmeadows houses are terrible to start with the bricks are shit and blow in the winter. Done loads.
 
I like the houses which have one end or corner of the house with ivy, thinks it can give a little character. Ones totally covered, aye look like a big square bush with windows.
We have ivy arl over 1 gable end . Looks nice and gives the birdys somewhere to live . I don't give a fuck about what it does to the warl, I'm 68 .

Looks great on mine I think..

You need some on that right hand gable to equal thing up I think mate . That house is even bigger than mine . But a lot smaller than the houses owned most people on here.
 
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yyy

Striker
What's the deal there? Like living in a bush.
Any benefit other than looking like your house is in camouflage?
I'd imagine their houses get full of insects whenever they open the windows. Seems like extra work as well, having to trim the front of your house so you don't get your windows covered in a plant. I think it looks ridiculous.
I knew an Ivy a few years ago. She was all clingy and all over they place getting to places you wouldn't imagine .

I wad again and again and again.

She was a Burlesque dancer for reference. :D
 
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