Townhouse Property Maintenance in Burnaby
September 24th, 2018
Landscaping Maintenance Cleanup
Fall One time Cleanup of a commercial townhouse property in Burnaby, BC. Challenges here were invasive English Ivy that was overgrown throughout most of the complex. We had to be careful to remove roots by hand to not damage the exterior surface of the building where it had climbed up 2 stories. See a timelapse of the removal using a 21' Extendable Silky Pole Saw below.
Left photo: Invasive Himalayan Blackberry, Hazelnut, and English Ivy encroaching on staircase. Right photo: Landscape maintenance to clear a path for residents to easily access the lower level.
Left photo: English Ivy was a commonly planted landscaping groundcover because of it's attractive foliage, hardiness, and fast growing habit. Unfortunately, many years later we realize that this European native can be costly to remove. If left unchecked, it can grow into building surfaces and damage paint, wood and exteriors with thick roots, which can get as large as tree branches. Righ photo: You can see the damage left by the English Ivy roots that had grown into the siding. This should be sanded and then the whole wall repainted to completely remove the marks.
Left photo: English Ivy also tends to choke out native vegation, creating monocultures that are poor for biodiversity and wildlife habitat. Right photo: Landscaping maintenance removed English Ivy around Electric box up to BC Hydro standards, which is 8.25 feet of clearance in front of the doors and 3.3 feet of clearance for the other three sides.
In total, 455 kilograms of green waste was responsibly removed from the property.