"The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy,
and after all, our most pleasing responsibility. ”
Invasives choking out your trees? We advocate non-pesticide removal, because we love bees as much as we love trees. We offer onsite removal of invasive plants on an hourly basis and refer arborists, as needed, to ensure your trees get the best care possible. We offer mulching after removal, as well as planting of native plants to help reclaim the land. The native plants we install are specially selected based on several factors, including their benefits to wildlife. We care about our pollinators and the wildlife who share the land.
Interested in doing the work yourself? We'll come out and share everything we've learned about removing invasives safely from your trees and other plants. Contact us today for details.
"I just returned from a trip, and want to say that we're so pleased with the job you're doing. I can almost feel the trees breathing a sigh of relief!" -Scott
Dan S. from Kenilworth
Recommends this business
"Marsha has been to my place slaying ivy a couple of times and I'm extremely happy with the results!"
Robert S. from Albemarle Park
Recommends this business
"What a great new specialist service! They have been excellent at responding and communicating, showing up as scheduled, and doing what was agreed upon. With an interest in learning more ways to improve methods and expand the service for greater impact in the area, they are dedicated to the cause of English ivy and Invasives removal."
Reggie G. from Biltmore Forest
Recommends this business
"I've removed the Ivy from my trees several years ago, but keep the English Ivy as ground cover. The Ivy has been growing right back up into my trees over the last several years. Since I am not around my house in Asheville, especially in winter and spring, I hired Marsha to come over and remove the Ivy from my trees. She did a much better job than I ever did in removing the Ivy from my trees. The climate warming we are experiencing is causing these invasive plants to grow faster and will damage our beautiful tress around Asheville. I highly recommend this new business for our beautiful city, to fix a growing problem. If you've got trees with Ivy growing up into them or Ivy growing up the side of your house, and you can't deal with the problem yourself, this is the business to call."
Asheville GreenWorks Treasured Trees Program:
Treasured Trees of Asheville and Buncombe County is a program of Asheville GreenWorks whose purpose is to:
From The Workshop on Linking Ecology and Horticulture To Prevent Plant Invasions, the Saint Louis Declaration includes voluntary codes of conduct for government, nursery professionals, the gardening public (that's ALL of US,) landscape architects, and botanic gardens and arboreta, relative to non-native invasives.
Fantastic resource for homeowners from the International Society of Arboriculture: http://www.treesaregood.org/treeowner/treeownerinformation
What Tree is That? A interactive tree ID field guide from Arbor Day Foundation: https://www.arborday.org/trees/whatTree/
Learn how to safely remove ivy from your trees, thanks to Tree Stewards of Arlington & Alexandria, VA: https://treestewards.org/take-ivy-off-trees/
Asheville Tree Commission's 2018 Annual Report to City Council: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1A9v72lCHXgKbzzlm27gIeFC1BvWYP4W1/view
Publication: "The Benefits of Urban Trees: A Summary of the Benefits of Urban Trees Accompanied by a Selection of Research Papers and Pamphlets" by the Warwick District Council
Demonstrate your commitment to nature with National Wildlife Federation's Certified Wildlife Habitat program.
Discover and grow native plants in your yard.
Here are 40 great reasons to get rid of English ivy from Colin Purrington: https://tinyurl.com/yyfcuzx5
NC Forest Service Invasive Plants Information:
https://www.ncforestservice.gov/forest_health/invasives.htm *Please note that while the Forestry Service recommends broad application of glyphosphate and pesticides to fight invasive plants, we DO NOT. These means are largely ineffective and unnecessarily poison our land, water and pollinators.
Create a schoolyard (or backyard) habitat for Monarchs and other pollinators.
Nature Play at Home, a great resource for instilling the love of nature in children, while also getting them OUTSIDE! A joint publication of National Wildlife Federation and NC State Design.
We love trees. We're happy to share opportunities in our communities to stand up for trees and give them the support and appreciation they deserve. Have news or an event to share? Please contact us.
ACTION ALERT! NC Senate has proposed a bill that leaves our trees in peril. If passed and enacted, the law would prohibit local governments in NC from enacting tree ordinances to protect trees on private property, We're all for property rights, however... the trees don't belong to individual property owners. They belong to all of us. They filter the air we breathe, soak up storm water, and provide for wellbeing in too many ways to list. Additionally, the state government is overstepping its bounds in this backdoor attempt to strip local citizens of their rights to enact local ordinances that make sense for OUR communities. Please review and contact your state representatives to oppose SB 367. UPDATE: SB 367 has been withdrawn!
Wilma Dykeman Legacy Float
SAT, JULY 27TH
Paddle down the river in canoes, kayaks, and dories as we discuss the history of our organization and current activities.
Participation limited to 20 persons.
Riverkeeper Cleanup Series:
Wedge Brewing Co.
SAT, AUGUST 24TH
Join Asheville GreenWorks, MountainTrue, and 98.1 The River for the next great installment of the Riverkeeper Beer Series! Come ready to float, cleanup our river, and taste the release of the Riverkeeper Beer at the after party. We will meet at Wedge Foundation afterwards to celebrate a successful day cleaning up the river.
SAT, AUGUST 31ST
Join Asheville GreenWorks, MountainTrue, and 98.1 The River for the next great installment of the Riverkeeper Beer Series! Come ready to float, cleanup our river, and taste the release of the Riverkeeper Beer at the after party. We will meet at HiWire afterwards to celebrate a successful day cleaning up the river.
Hard 2 Recycle - East
SAT, SEPTEMBER 14TH
2319 US HWY 70, SWANNANOA
Bring out your dead!... batteries, electronics, styrofoam and more. Attend or volunteer. See the full list of items accepted here: https://www.ashevillegreenworks.org/hard-2-recycle.html
WNC Big Sweep
SAT, SEPTEMBER 21ST
Join GreenWorks for the biggest river cleanup of the year! The NC Big Sweep is a statewide effort to engage volunteers in a huge river cleanup. This year, GreenWorks will be leading sections on the French Broad River.
7th Annual Root Ball
SAT, OCTOBER 5TH
Mark your calendars now for Asheville GreenWorks' annual End of Summer Party by the River! Gather with GreenWorks volunteers, friends, and supporters to celebrate our love of WNC and our shared passion for keeping our communities beautiful.
March 10: We joined the Kenilworth Residents' Association and Asheville GreenWorks in the Seven Springs Park clean-up. Spent 3 hours reclaiming the trail; pulling invasives like English ivy & Multiflora rose; cleaning the creek, and pruning. See photo gallery for pics!
March 12: Marsha attended the Tree Protection Task Force meeting hosted by Asheville GreenWorks. The all volunteer group meets monthly, and you can find the schedule here: https://www.ashevillenc.gov/departments/city_clerk/boards_n_commissions/tree_commission.htm
Friday, April 26th, 7-8pm: An evening with Crystal Dreisbach of Don't Waste Durham. More information and tickets here. Join Asheville GreenWorks for a special evening with Crystal Dreisbach, innovator and revolutionary founder of Don't Waste Durham and Green To Go. Part of GreenWorks' kickoff to Mind Your Plastic May plastic reduction campaign.
Saturday, April 27th, 6-9pm: Environmental Excellence Awards & Trashion Show. GreenWorks established the Environmental Excellence Awards to recognize the outstanding work of individuals, businesses and organizations in environmental stewardship and sustainability in our community. In 2018, they added an exciting new twist on the awards ceremony with a "Trashion Show" -- local designers presenting new fashions with repurposed materials.
Hard 2 Recycle North
SAT, JUNE 15TH
Join Asheville Greenworks for the June event in Weaverville. Sponsors will be there collecting broken electronics, appliances, batteries, wire, scrap metals, books, styrofoam and MORE.
Full list of the items that they're accepting.
Backyard Composting Workshop & Pint Night
MON, JUNE 17TH
$1 per pint will be donated back to Asheville GreenWorks for this entire day.
Join Asheville Greenworks as they host a Backyard Composting Workshop at 6pm. Want to know how you can reduce your impact on the landfill and make your own soil? This free course is for you! Register at :
Riverside Drive Cleanup
SAT, JUNE 22ND
Presented by United By Blue. Meet at Salvage Station, and then spread out to clean along the French Broad River along Riverside Dr. Clean the riverbanks and surrounding areas, and then gather for games, snacks, and educational experiences.
For as long as I can remember, I've sought solace and refuge in the trees. When I moved into the city of Asheville, after living in "the mountains" of Barnardsville for 7 years, I was shocked by the situation with English Ivy in our neighborhoods. Once my eyes were opened to English Ivy and the numerous threats this plant poses to our native species, I began to learn more about the other invasive threats scattered throughout our yards and forests. Oriental Bittersweet, Porcelainberry, Kudzu, Japanese Knotweed, Japanese Stiltgrass, and the list goes on. I'm concerned about the loss of the tree canopy across the globe; I decided to focus on the issue in my own backyard.
Trees are one of our most precious resources, and we're losing them at an alarming rate. Invasive plants like English Ivy, Oriental Bittersweet, Porcelainberry and Kudzu are literally strangling the life out of trees, covering our landscapes, and choking out native, beneficial plants that provide habitat for critters of all shapes and sizes. The costs are immeasurable in so many ways.
I decided to stop complaining and start doing. I'm taking a stand against invasive plants that threaten so much more than our trees. One yard at a time. One tree at a time. I'm spreading awareness, advocating for our trees, and helping homeowners who'd rather outsource their invasive plant management.
I hope you'll use this website as a resource. Share it with family and friends. If you see invasive plants overtaking trees or plants in your yard or another, do something or say something.
It's up to all of us. The costs are too great to ignore.
Asheville loses more trees every day due to growth and development. In fact, it's estimated that Asheville has lost close to 10% of its tree canopy in the past 10 years. For every job over $100 completed by our network of landscaping professionals, we'll plant a tree. Entrust your trees to our network of caring professionals, and a percentage of our profit will help replace this precious resource. One tree at a time...
Send a note or give us a call to schedule your "Save My Trees!" Consultation. We're here for you...and the trees.