In a previous post last week, we talked about how to create a tree survival ring. Now we will cover how to create a compost raft with the removed ivy. To create a compost raft:
- Find a place (preferably flat) about 15 feet away from the tree.
- Gather dead branches and sticks at least 3 ft long.
- Lay the branches and sticks in a tightly knit cross grid pattern, creating a 1 to 2 foot high platform to stack the removed ivy.
- Transfer the ivy removed from the tree and surrounding area to the raft. Tightly wrap the ivy into a ball to prevent it from falling onto the ground.
- Pile all ivy onto the raft. Examine and make sure that no ivy is touching the ground.
The remaining ivy on the tree and raft will dry up and die. The decomposing material will provide food and habitat for insects and wildlife.
Related Information from external sources
King County Noxious Weeds English Ivy Information Page
King County Noxious Weeds English Ivy Fact Sheet (PDF)
King County Department of Natural Resources Ivy Control Best Management Practices (PDF)
Green Seattle Partnership Forest Stewards Resource Guide
Program Coordinator, Urban Riparian Habitat Stewardship
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Ashley joined KCD in December 2017 with a background in stream restoration and environmental education. Native to Washington, Ashley grew up in Kent and later moved to Bellingham to attend Western Washington University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science with an emphasis in marine ecology. Outside of work, Ashley enjoys hiking, biking, traveling, and caring for her pets.