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Blackberry and ivy control for homes in Happy Valley, Troutdale, and other Portland, OR areas.

Invasive plants such as blackberry and ivy can quickly overtake your yard and landscape plants, taking away key nutrients and other things needed for them to grow.

Maintaining your yard takes a lot of work, and when you start to see non-native plants take over, it can be disheartening. These non-native plants were brought into our area of Oregon from areas of Asia and can alter your soil as well as kill off your existing lawn and landscape plants.

In the Portland area, we see issues arise with Himalayan blackberry and English ivy, and that's why we provide control for these species in Happy Valley, Troutdale, Gresham, and nearby communities.


What Is English Ivy & Why It's Bad for Your Yard

A Troutdale property that was covered in ivy before we cleaned it up and added in some dark brown mulch.

English ivy is actually a plant that originated in central Asia and after it was introduced to the area by immigrants, it quickly became invasive and took over areas of our state. It can rapidly crowd out other plants around it, including trees. We also have problems with Atlantic ivy here, which is quite similar to English ivy.

As ivy grows, it forms a thick tangle of vines and wraps around surrounding shrubs and trees. This, in turn, blocks light from getting to those plants. Ivy also destroys the deeper root systems of existing plants and creates a shallow root system, which can increase the risk of soil erosion.

Ivy can also overtake trees which weakens them and can cause limbs and branches to break off. The leaves and berries can also be toxic to humans if eaten.

English ivy is listed as a Class B noxious weed by the Oregon Department of Agriculture, meaning it needs to be controlled and managed.


How Blackberry Can Negatively Affect Your Lawn

This Gresham property recently requested a Himalayan blackberry cleanup.

Upon first hearing the word blackberry, images of pie, smoothies, and other treats come to mind. However, there is a species of blackberry called Himalayan blackberry that is non-native to our state and can have detrimental effects on your lawn and landscaping if left unchecked.

Just like English ivy, Himalayan blackberry grows into thick patches that end up blocking your plants from getting sunlight. This thorny plant also creates a shallow root system that makes soil erosion more likely, especially when it grows along a river or stream.

Himalayan blackberry should not be confused for native blackberries, or trailing blackberries, which do not grow the same way and pose no danger to existing plants. If you aren't sure which type of blackberry you have in your yard, there are some visible differences between the two, which include:

  • Trailing blackberries grow along the ground, not in a thicket
  • Trailing blackberry stems are smooth with very small thorns, whereas Himalayan blackberry stems are reddish with larger thorns

How We Control Ivy & Blackberry Growth

To effectively eliminate both English ivy and Himalayan blackberry, the root systems need to be completely removed. Both of these plants can quickly grow back when any traces of roots are left behind. At J&C Lawn Care, we come in, remove these invasive plants, and make sure their roots are taken as well.

In some cases, this may require us to come back a couple of times to remove all traces of the ivy or blackberry plants from your property.


Do you have ivy or blackberry invading your property?

Contact us today at (971) 284-2035 to set up a consultation on removing these nuisance plants. We can help clean up the invasive plant issue and get your yard looking great again. We service residential properties all throughout the areas of Happy Valley, Troutdale, Gresham, and more.


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