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Old Yesterday, 10:39 AM
 
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Default Invasive vine growing in between fences/properties and damaging my fence

Another person's fence question reminded me of our situation, which I'm looking for some feedback on.

Our rear property line borders a school's property line. They have a chain link fence at their property line and a few inches away is our wooden fence. In between the fences and growing all over the chain link fence is a very thick, thorny, invasive vine. It's completely intertwined itself with the chain link fence and has grown so dense that it is pushing our wooden fence down into our property. I've trimmed the vine that falls on our side and have tried to trim in between the fences but it's very difficult to get back there as there are thorns EVERYWHERE.

I don't know what to do about our fence - we can't replace it, because the vine will just continue to cause damage. I can't tell where the root of this vine falls, but I'm assuming it's literally in between our fence and the school's. Can I ask the school to do anything to kill the vine so it stops growing on its fence?

This is such a weird situation, because it's not a typical "Talk to your neighbor" situation, but this vine is totally out of control. What would you do?
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Old Yesterday, 12:08 PM
 
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Another person's fence question reminded me of our situation, which I'm looking for some feedback on.

Our rear property line borders a school's property line. They have a chain link fence at their property line and a few inches away is our wooden fence. In between the fences and growing all over the chain link fence is a very thick, thorny, invasive vine. It's completely intertwined itself with the chain link fence and has grown so dense that it is pushing our wooden fence down into our property. I've trimmed the vine that falls on our side and have tried to trim in between the fences but it's very difficult to get back there as there are thorns EVERYWHERE.

I don't know what to do about our fence - we can't replace it, because the vine will just continue to cause damage. I can't tell where the root of this vine falls, but I'm assuming it's literally in between our fence and the school's. Can I ask the school to do anything to kill the vine so it stops growing on its fence?

This is such a weird situation, because it's not a typical "Talk to your neighbor" situation, but this vine is totally out of control. What would you do?

Call or write a polite letter to the facilities director of the district and explain the situation. Maybe they will at least have their guys try to trim it back. Be mellow and keep it friendly or they will get defensive and it could become a bigger hassle. The facilities guy might appreciate you keeping it from being a big deal and will try to help out if he can. Just a suggestion. Good luck.
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Old Yesterday, 12:26 PM
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Buy a case of bleach and start pouring
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Old Yesterday, 12:32 PM
 
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Ammonia.actually
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Old Yesterday, 12:35 PM
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Ammonia.actually
I stand corrected!

At least I don't go running off saying that its a life lesson and you have a high school mentality
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Old Yesterday, 12:43 PM
 
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Just spray it with Round Up and be done with it.
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Old Yesterday, 12:45 PM
 
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I'm sure the OP never thought of that. All good suggestions, unless you want a bunch of poison leeching under the fence into your own yard.
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Old Yesterday, 12:50 PM
 
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I'm sure the OP never thought of that. All good suggestions, unless you want a bunch of poison leeching under the fence into your own yard.
Yeah, I wasn't fond of the idea of putting more chemicals into the ground to try to eradicate the vine. I was hoping to just at least get some help to trim it back so my fence could stand upright.
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Old Yesterday, 12:56 PM
 
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I'm sure the OP never thought of that. All good suggestions, unless you want a bunch of poison leeching under the fence into your own yard.
Yeah, I wasn't fond of the idea of putting more chemicals into the ground to try to eradicate the vine. I was hoping to just at least get some help to trim it back so my fence could stand upright.
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Old Yesterday, 02:30 PM
 
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Enjoy your neighbor's invasive vine then. Decorate it for Christmas maybe.
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