My neighbor's ivy is extremely invasive. It has already damaged a rubber
tree pretty severely and is doing it's best to take over the rest of the
side yard that abuts my neighbor.
Who is responsible for keeping this in check? Does it become my problem the
instant it crosses the property line, that is at the center of a 4 foot
width of hedge?
I have a friendly relationship with my neighbor but she didn't seem to grasp
how much of a problem this is.
Anyone have experience with successfully and hopefully amicably resolving a
What is on your property is yours to maintain. If the neighbor has
dandelions, and the seeds blow onto
your lawn, is your neighbor supposed to come over and pull up those that
Just cut the runners, cut what has wrapped around the tree. When you
have cut all that you can, then
spray regularly when new sprouts arise with Roundup or some such. I've
seen ivy strangle sizeable trees,
so it should be controlled.
Just a note that ivy is waxy, so Roundup is most effective on new
growth. There are lots of folks who bring
their houseplants to Florida and love that they can stick anything in
the ground and see it take off. Ivy,
asparagus fern, wandering jew, etc., are really crappy in the landscape
here. Asparagus fern, like ivy, is
just about impossible to get rid of by digging/pulling. Cutting it down
and spraying new growth with Roundup
is suprisingly effective. It might mean crawling around under hedges,
but once under control it's no big deal.
I would be sure to make lots of cuts on the stems of the ivy surrounding
the tree - the dead vines can persist
long enough to strangle a good tree as it grows. Be sure it is all cut
at the base as well.
When you get down to just a few sprouts, just spot treat when there are
two or three new leaves. Keep at
it and you will be able to keep it contained.
I found by accident that 24D is extremely effective. I sprayed a
batch of bedstraw that was invading the ivy on my retaining wall (RR
ties). That killed all the ivey for the next 10 ft. Of couse I'm not
sure that it was my spray that did it as the farmer behind me also
sprays the field edge.
I may spray the whole patch and see what happens - it is spreadign way
out into what passes for lawn.
You would be suprised , people with invasive plants have been forced
to pay all damages to the harmed. Its her plant, Round UP will kill
it, at night you can say you are spraying your weeds. Roundup does not
have to be sprayed on her property, only the plants leaves, on your
land it will kill it. But Talk to the neighbor first, and have her
trim it, or it might just die misteriously, from something like
Roundup and you dont know about it.
Yes I talked with her. That's how I was able to determine she didn't grasp
how much of a problem it is.
I did not get into her face and say that she has to do something about it.
I told her that her ivy is killing everything it gets into.
I have since spoken with her daughter, who does appreciate that it is a
problem and we'll most likely come up with something. Unfortunately I'm
probably going to be the one who pays for it though as money seems to be a
bit tight for them atm.
I'm not sure what it is. It was called a rubber tree by the neighbor's
daughter. It's not a tree. It's some sort of hedge. It doesn't really
matter what it is. The ivy has complely invaded it and several other
Leave it alone? So it can continue killing my hedges? Generally you give
pretty good advice from what I've read.. any rationale for just doing
nothing and letting this ivy take over all my plants?
We have ruled out a strangler fig and rubber tree. A strangler fig (*)
WILL kill a tree. People confuse it with ivy vines. Ivy will not harm
the tree, but co-exist with the host tree. Moss, Orchids, Ferns, air
plants, etc. do the same.
I like Ivy ground cover.
I won't pretend to tell how to go and cut the ivy back with a machete.
Instead of "asking" the neighbor; perhaps state WHAT your plans are.
"I'm going to cut these plants back". It gives them a chance to
object. A good explanation of the problem and how I intend to solve
it. If they object try plan B.
When I bought my home, the neighbor came over during renovations. She
was concerned about her Ivy "on the wall" and asked if it "bothered"
us. I said no, but see your two trees? "I intend to cut them away from
my roof" She says, OK!
The ivy covers now about sixty feet of wall.
I not convinced ivy "kills" the tree. It is not a parasite that relies
on the tree for survival. It does use the tree for support.
I can see how the weight, strong winds, and ice storms would cause
branches to break and open the tree to disease.
I'm at an impasse :)
You will need to contact YOUR local authorities. In general you get to
do most anything you want with any part that grows onto or over your
property line. However some areas will not allow you to do anything that
will kill or damage their pants and I would guess there are areas where they
might be responsible for keeping their plants from growing into your yard.
Is your neighbor only a woman or are there other adults in the
household? It might make it easier talking to a second person.
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