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Can I kill this plant?

Penny Saver Avatar
6y, 3m agoPosted 6 years, 3 months ago
There is an evergreen ivy growing through my fence. We think it has it's roots on the neighbours side, but very low down it comes through the fence and then goes back again. It covers the top of the fence and creeps its way onto the conservatory roof and tries to get in at every point. It can't. Having failed on the conservatory it has now made its way onto the garage roof, where it has found success squeezing in between layers of felt at a weak point and now lets water in, causing a running leak trickling through the ceiling everytime it rains. Obviously when one of us can get on the roof we will cut off the offending tenticle and patch up the felt with a view to a full reroof next year - but my main question is this. Can I cut the plant at the 'trunk' part where it comes through my fence? It has never really been a problem, but out of nowhere it has gone mad and is growing like a thing possessed, we are constantly cutting off tenticles keen on getting in through the roof, just this one escaped out notice under the guttering, and has found a way in. FYI - It is our fence, not the neighbours.
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6y, 3m agoPosted 6 years, 3 months ago
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#1
dcx_badass
I'd do it anyway.


So would my hubby, but I don't like confrontation and the neighbours are a right pair. Just don't want the stress - which is why we've just been firefighting it, rather than going for total annihilation.
#2
Hi Penny, long time no see. Hope you're well http://bb.bbboy.net/support-viewthread?forum=10&thread=15
banned#3
Do you want to kill it ? or do you mean want to crop it right back ?
It can be cut back to a foot so long as there are bits growing left and do no harm , it will just keep on keepin on .
Best kept well away from roofs and guttering as it will only do harm .
#4
That didn't work but hi anyway http://s535.photobucket.com/albums/ee352/iconbling/icons/cat/smiley-emoticons/giggle_emoticon.gif
#5
I don't know if what I do will kill it or cut it right back, but I imagine the trunk we have is the main stem and as it's very low to the ground, would either kill it, or cause it to just grow on our side - which is not good!! It will also mean anything they have on their side will die - very quickly, and all at once - so if they can see it a lot (it's right by the back door) then they might think we've done it. Could always blame the kids/dog though, it's very close to the ground. Yes - blame the boy - he was just digging and caught it... Yes. Death the the plant tonight then.
#6
darren9030
Hi Penny, long time no see. Hope you're well http://bb.bbboy.net/support-viewthread?forum=10&thread=15


Hiya :)
banned#7
Chop the section that is on your side of the fence then throw back, that is legal.
#8
If you cut it back to the fence it's fine as it's your property afaik
#9
lumoruk
Chop the section that is on your side of the fence then throw back, that is legal.


So the two inches of trunk that come through the fence, and will result in the entire plant dying - I cut it chuck it back (they won't even notice a new twig on their patio) and I'm all good?
#10
If you go to a garden centre or look on ebay and buy a spray bottle of glyphosate systemic weedkiller and spray the leaves on it it will kill it. it works by getting into the plant and killing it and the roots as well. I had a similar problem earlier this year but its sorted now lol.
banned#11
spray the leaves with sodium chlorate - it will be dead in a week.
#12
About the spraying - we've never found a decent enough spray to kill this sort of ivy - it has a very waxy leaf, and just repels everything. We've always dug it out in order to completely remove it. I'd like to know if anyone has found something that has worked in this instance though, we could use a lot of it at work!
#13
You can't buy sodium chlorate now!

Cut through the stem that's on your property PSaver and see what happens. I wouldn't be surprised if they had a whole lot of healty stems in addition.:( I wouldn't say anything just continue to destroy it as much as possible. At least it isn't Russian Vine - nightmare.
#14
Penny Saver
About the spraying - we've never found a decent enough spray to kill this sort of ivy - it has a very waxy leaf, and just repels everything. We've always dug it out in order to completely remove it. I'd like to know if anyone has found something that has worked in this instance though, we could use a lot of it at work!


http://www.slimyfish.net/images/blog/FLAM_lg.jpg
#15
micoo
Penny Saver
About the spraying - we've never found a decent enough spray to kill this sort of ivy - it has a very waxy leaf, and just repels everything. We've always dug it out in order to completely remove it. I'd like to know if anyone has found something that has worked in this instance though, we could use a lot of it at work!


http://www.slimyfish.net/images/blog/FLAM_lg.jpg


:) deffo a top idea.
banned#16
chesso
You can't buy sodium chlorate now!

Cut through the stem that's on your property PSaver and see what happens. I wouldn't be surprised if they had a whole lot of healty stems in addition.:( I wouldn't say anything just continue to destroy it as much as possible. At least it isn't Russian Vine - nightmare.

my Dad bought some last week from local builders merchant - damn expensive though!
#17
csiman
my Dad bought some last week from local builders merchant - damn expensive though!
Under the counter; he must be well in ( despite the cost)!!

Gardeners from all over will be knocking on his door, pleading for just a mug full. I've never used it myself; always been a glyphosate girl.
banned#18
chesso
csiman
my Dad bought some last week from local builders merchant - damn expensive though!

Under the counter; he must be well in ( despite the cost)!!

Gardeners from all over will be knocking on his door, pleading for just a mug full. I've never used it myself; always been a glyphosate girl.

I've got a 5kg tub of it in my garage (used about 1kg of it in 4 years!). Lethal stuff but great for driveways
banned#19
Penny Saver
So the two inches of trunk that come through the fence, and will result in the entire plant dying - I cut it chuck it back (they won't even notice a new twig on their patio) and I'm all good?


It's what I've done to next doors X)
#20
I think ivy usually has runners and several go and root themselves into the ground so the whole plant will probably have several sets of roots so it shouldn't kill the whole plant if you cut the main bit that's on your side. Hopefully it will kill the bits your side and keep theirs in tact. I had a nightmare trying to get rid of some long growing ivy because of all the places it had rooted itself.
#21
Try pouring a few kettles of hot water onto it........should work within 2 daysX)

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