Posted: 26/09/2014 at 13:34
I have a garage which has ivy growing all over the roof. Pic below. This is only my second year in the house and it has grown by a third in volume so I definitely need to do something to control it. Partly because I must prevent it from starting to cover the neighbours garage roof (it's a joint driveway/double garage) and partly because I can't just let it grow exponentially and it's already starting to envelope a palm tree growing nearby.
I dont want want to remove it particularly (unless someone more experienced feels it would be wise) because when it flowers it's a haven for bees and other insects.
It's too large and high to trim manually with secaturs or my tree lopper (there's also a huge pampas next to it which limits access from the ground) but, having experimented, I think that with a ladder me and OH could give it an all over trim once or twice a year with a long bladed hedge trimmer. We have access at the front and back (from the front and back gardens respectively) but not so much the side due to aforementioned monster pampas.
My questions are:
1. Any recommendations for good quality long bladed hedge trimmers? As always money is tight but obviously willing to pay for quality and longevity.
2. Any alternative solutions?
3. Is this something I might be better off paying someone to do and has anyone done so? Is it hugely expensive?
any advice would be most gratefully received!
P.s I only recently learned that pampas grass is not "pampers grass" and always thought it was spelt like the nappy brand!!!