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It was so hot this summer that the ivy I had growing on the southern wall of my patio enclosure has died. (I think) Should I cut it back to its roots or pull it up and replace it? . THe ivy on the inside of the wall is doing fine, so I dont think it i

It was so hot this summer that the ivy I had growing on the southern wall of my patio enclosure has died. (I think) Should I cut it back to its roots or pull it up and replace it? . The ivy on the inside of the wall is doing fine, so I dont think it is a fungus.

Check the stems of the Ivy that has turned brown to be sure that the stems are actually dead before making the decision to remove it. The chances are good that only the leaves have been burned, so if this is the case the leaves may return next Spring. Of course if the stems are dry and brittle, then you should remove anything like that and replace it.

Thanks for your inquiry,

Happy Gardening!
The PlantMaster