I have decided to make a friend of the ivy. Small plants have established in parts of the garden, where not much else will grow. So instead of weeding it out, I will let it grow and make a ground cover. It is not too much trouble to clear it from the tree trunks once a year and clip it back where it has become too vigorous.
There is a big pine tree up at the Everglades where the ivy ground cover below looks really good.
Matthew 5:23-24 The Message
“This is how I want you to conduct yourself in these matters. If you enter your place of worship and, about to make an offering, you suddenly remember a grudge a friend has against you, abandon your offering, leave immediately, go to this friend and make things right. Then and only then, come back and work things out with God."