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Ivy growing through a close board fence

So....  a regular client has an immaculate garden that I maintain, next door to her live a family who believe that gardens should be left to be totally natural and have about half an acre of brambles, ivy, elder and bindweed. They are totally against any chemical interventions, and also totally unwilling to pay for the area next to the boundary to be cleared. So.... the ivy from this war zone of a garden is constantly creeping through the close board fence, the bindweed is growing underneath it etc etc....

We can poison the bindweed when it grows under, but the real problem is the ivy growing through the fence.... does anyone have a solution that I could suggest to my client, short of building a 300 foot long 6' high wall?

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    Who owns the close boarded fence?

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    Andrew the neighbour owns it

  • the only thing is to poison it as it grows through give it a few weeks then cut it off 

    to me them saying that the garden should be totaly natuural is a way of saying i cannot be botherd to do anything also do not have much respect for there neibours gardens


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      agreed David.... but then to be so anti poison is another trait that stops us dealing with the problem :(

    • No its not necessarily. Of course there are total non-gardeners But also,there is a growing movement of people who understand our reliance on chemicals is wrong. I think people who manicure everything are in the wrong - it's bad for us, it's bad for the envronment and certainly bad for the birds and the bees.


      • Jeff, I totally agree with you. There is too much reliance on chemicals but I can understand the frustrations of seeing bindweed creeping into someone's garden. There is no shame in a well maintained garden and if managed sympathetically can be a habitat for wildlife. 

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    I'm still confused , is the "they" who are anti poison your clients or their neighbours?


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      The neighbours are anti herbicides

  • I've had similar problems  many years ago . And rightly or wongly  . And I just regularly sprayed everything along  the edge of the fence ,on the neighbours side . Just do it covertly . . 

    • If those owners had been observant you'd have got a letter from a solicitor.



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