English ivy will not harm common landscape shrubs. Control the spread of English ivy by regularly pruning the plant away from the shrub trunk. Mature ivy often harbors bacterial leaf scorch. This pathogen will harm native ornamental landscape plants by creating a situation of water stress in the plant.
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