Re: ivy on house
It is beautiful, but ivy is invasive and destructive. When you tear it off the side of the house it will leave behind "suction cups" where the tendrils had attached themselves. Those same tendrils deteriorate the mortar between bricks and will force their way into the smallest of crack, where they will take hold and force the crack wider. Overall, not good for the health of the structure. The best thing would be to provide a trellis for the ivy that you'll be able to get behind and keep the tendrils from taking hold of the house.
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