Geez, glad I don't have a neighbor like you.
You got the second part right.
Anything growing onto your property you can deal with.
That's what the OP has to do.
Cut the stuff off at the property line.
I'm sure the neighbor has a right to her ivy ground cover
no matter how ill advised it is. I wouldn't be calling
any authorities about it.
Live with it.
Yeah, I won't be bringing the authorities in. The problem is that the
property line in 2 feet deep into hedge. So for me to try and cut it off
means I have to go over to her property.
Most likely what will happen is that her daughter and I will come up with a
new landscape plan that involves removing the existing hedge, and invading
ivy, and replanting with plants more amenable to ivy prevention maintenance.
I guess it just irriatates me that people plant stuff without thinking even
the slightest bit ahead to what it might lead to.
Ah, now I see the problem.
I suppose that's why most places specify that fences must be 2 feet from
the property line.
I'd be surprised if your neighbor objected to you getting on her side of
the hedge and pulling out the ivy. It's got to look like hell.
A hedge spanning a property line pretty much means someone has to cross
property lines to take care of it.
Neighbors with crab grass and dandelions aren't that uncommon.
Some people want a perfect lawn and others just hope it stays green.
Hope you can work something out.
I think I'd just say, "mind if I take care of the hedge?"
and do what I want anyway.
Prune the hedges so that there is clear space below them, no branches
touching the ground. Just clear at
least 6-8". Gotta crawl around a bit to cut back the ivy, but then you
have room to work. Use weed whacker
back to the property line to get the ivy and cut it down to the soil
being careful not to chop the hedges.
Now you have clear space to put down some mulch. Use Roundup to get the
new growth when it has
2-3 open leaves. These are tender growth and much more susceptible to
herbicide.As was said before,
once you've got it down it really isn't a big deal to keep it out of
I think ivy is a really attractive plant, but hellish to keep contained
and can do a lot of harm.
Folks make lots of bad decisions about what and where they plant stuff.
And now we have pythons
in the Everglades :o)
We once bought the proverbial ivy covered cottage. It was charming and
quite pretty, and the ivy was lush. However, I was very irritated when I
found ivy growing through the wall and behind the range in the kitchen.
We ultimiately had every bit of ivy eradicated from the property. After it
was removed from the brickwork, it all had to be repointed.
That's for damn sure. At work, on the 1902 wings of the building, after
70-some years of picturesque ivy covering the yellow fired brick outside
walls, they are spending probably a million bucks of your tax money
stripping the stuff off and repairing the brick. Some areas, they are
actually having to remove the outside layer of brick (which involves
interesting uses for angle iron and braces to keep wall from collapsing
on them), and laying in new brick, because the old stuff was spalled so
badly. Ivy is pretty, but it flat-out destroys masonry walls.
Most people have no concept of how big plants will get. They want a
landscape that looks mature the day they put it in, so they get the
bigger, faster-growing plant varieties. Five years later, you can't see
the house for the foliage.
I can't tell you the number of times I've dug out big plants for people,
then recommended to them they look for replacements with "miniature" or
"dwarf" in the name.
The same thing happens with all kinds of plants. Creeping Charlie and
Yarrow are really pretty, but I would never recommend them, because
LOL! I would be very happy if you couldn't see the house for the trees.
A year and a half ago we moved into a new house on a barren lot. It is
desert land in AZ. Since then we have planted various cactii and desert
friendly plants. A few months ago we had an ash, a desert pine, and a
lemon tree planted. The ash is in a good place for large growth, and I
understand that it can grow as much as 4-6 feet per year. I've been told
that the pine is a fast grower, too. The lemon tree is a drawf, but a good
fruit producer (my main goal for that). We already have around 20 lemons
on it that are about an inch in diameter.
I would like to add quite a few more plants/trees, but fast growers, as we
are both older and I can't wait 20 years for something to mature to the
size I want. After we're gone I don't care what people do to them. :-)
The fact is there are laws about this and if you violate the law, that
neighbor can bring an action against you.
If you think that is not likely because you have nice neighbors,
consider this. If the OP's neighbors were nice, why would he be posting the
question, when a simple word to his nice thoughtful neighbor would be enough
for that neighbor to take care of the problem.
If the OP were to violate the law, which varies depending on where you
live, he could find himself in a far worse condition.
These kind of property rights issues are certainly not un-common.
I doubt that there are codes in many places which are enforced in regard
to invasive plants. One
famous plant, purple loosestrife, is choking out a lot of native plants
in wetlands, but it is still sold
everywhere for gardens.
Florida has lists of invasive plants, but no enforcement or code
I did a quick google search for "code invasive plants" and didn't see
anything that pointed to
I don't consider folks "nice" or "not nice" based on what grows in their
yard. My mom was an
avid gardener and replanted just about every cutting she took. 17 kinds
of trees in her yard, and
a very strenuous effort to make the yard private. The OP said the ivy
was taking over his hedge
and a tree; sounds like he is just a little late in keeping stuff in
place. It isn't that hard, and even
the grass here in Florida gets "invasive" - St. Augustine grass spreads
all over, including up
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