Wordless Wednesday (Almost) Divine or De-Vine?

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I have always loved the look of ivy growing over a trellis and marveled at the beauty of home covered in vines. But when is a creeping ivy just too much of a good thing? 

This photo of a store front in Stillwater, Minnesota shows this ivy almost completely covers the brick. One has to wonder whether the vine growth could be damaging the bricks underneath. So, what do you think? Is it divine or time to de-vine this building? 

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Teri Eckholm. REALTOR with Boardman Realty, is a native Minnesotan who has lived and worked in the Minneapolis St Paul metro all of her life. She specializes in lakeshore homes, acreage properties and first time home buyers but assists anyone making a move in the north and east Twin Cities metro.

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Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

Ooh I love the look of the growing ivy.  It's beautiful, not sure if it's good for the bu building but I like the sight!

Oct 03, 2012 07:48 AM #1
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Teri, Ivy has some of the toughest roots of any plant. They will find cracks in the mortar and will actually grow on the underside if there is any space. If no space available, they can easily make some. 

Oct 03, 2012 08:57 AM #2
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Ivy will destroy the facade of a building.  Of course it looks nice in moderation but this place may have let it go a bit to far.

Oct 03, 2012 09:47 AM #3
Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker
Janisch & Co. - Conroe, TX
Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you!
Well we really like vine covered but that may well be just a little too much!!
Oct 03, 2012 11:06 AM #4
June Piper-Brandon
Long & Foster Hampden - Baltimore, MD
Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time

They must have really acidic soil in order to grow ivy like that. 

Oct 03, 2012 11:33 AM #5
DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas


I'm with you.  I like a little creeping Ivy but this is too much! I say de-vine!

Oct 03, 2012 04:37 PM #6
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Pretty to look at, but can be oh so difficult to irradicate.  I remember a wonderfulhome I sold to a couple.  I went back a few years later to list it for sale, and found that ivy was doing major damage to the siding of the house.

Oct 04, 2012 12:38 AM #7
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