English Ivy Leaves Are Falling Off Leaving Long White Stems

Question From: F. Harris - Hagerstown, Maryland, United States
Q: I have a large patch of English ivy that is a ground cover. After years of health, many of the leaves have fallen off leaving only the long white stems which do not seem to be getting new leaves. There are leaves at the end of some of them but most is a big patch of white stems. What are the causes? Should I pull out and cut of the long stems. Any way to encourage them to grow back. I thought they were like unkillable.

A: No plant is unkillable. Take photos of the damage to an independent garden center for an ID and control. High heat and drought have weakened plants making them vulnerable to disease and insects. I don't have a crystal ball so I cannot advise you. However watering the ivy regularly will help. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy