We just bought an old house in the bay area that we knew would need a lot of work, inside and out (but it's the bay area and you take what you can afford, even if it means more work!). One of the first things I want to tackle outside is this INSANE amount of ivy that is overrun nearly everywhere in the perimeter of the yard. My husband doesn't mind it, but there is SO MUCH, it's crazy. I don't know if it was planted intentionally or what, but it's clear that it has been growing for probably decades without being kept under control at all (see pics!). I seriously don't even know where to start.
There is a fig tree on the other side of the fence (neighbor's yard) that branches over and I do not want to damage it but it has ivy growing all over it. There's 3 stumps at the back of the yard that we want to dig out, and the *entire* back of the fence where the stumps are is covered in ivy, with the exception of some other kind of tree coming off the top of the fence (last pic). There is a walkway along the side of the house that is completely filled with ivy to the point where it is unusable. I feel like we should probably bring in a professional but wanted to see if it was something we could handle ourselves first.
I don't much care about the rest of the plants that are intertwined with the ivy except the fig tree, mainly because the whole yard is so overgrown that I'm not sure what can be salvaged. There is another large tree (unsure what it is) that has ivy going all the way up the top of it (3rd pic). Another part of the property (not pictured) has ivy growing along with jasmine on the fence line and my other neighbor is already complaining that "the ivy is choking the jasmine", like we've only been here for a few months - give us time, haha. The former owners were elderly and I don't think they did much with the yard (clearly?).
Thoughts? What did we get ourselves into? Yikes! It is a very nice, large yard if it weren't so overrun with all the ivy and other unruly shrubbery.