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Neighbour's ivy destroying our fence

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Hippee Sun 28-Jan-18 23:02:41

We have good relations with our neighbours (though they have been funny about us trimming a hedge to lower than about 12ft). A couple of years ago they asked us to replace a fence panel that was falling apart. We did. We have now realised that the ivy growing from their side of the fence is destroying the rest of the fence and we are expecting the demand for us to replace it. We have a roof attached to the fence which covers the log store attached to our garage - this makes it difficult to prune the ivy from our side and it has also grown up over this roof into our garage. Not sure if we can demand that they stop growing ivy up the fence, but we're a bit fed up that it's destroying a fence that we will be expected to replace. Any ideas about what solutions to suggest to them?

ChasedByBees Sun 28-Jan-18 23:07:50

Have you spoken to them about it yet?

Hippee Sun 28-Jan-18 23:12:30

No - I am trying to see what people think would be reasonable to suggest. I have a feeling that they will be attached to their ivy (because of their response to the hedge pruning, which surprised me a bit), so am probably being a bit wimpy about broaching it. In reality, I can't see the best solution for us being anything other than total removal of the ivy.

MidLifeCrisis2017 Sun 28-Jan-18 23:14:26

If it's your fence they're not allowed to grow anything on it, paint it or attach anything without permission.

FannyWisdom Sun 28-Jan-18 23:15:02

I replaced one side of ours with reversible panels so I could take them out to maintain and repair.
Everything attached to it get trimmed back every year.

Gide Sun 28-Jan-18 23:15:42

Roundup kills the roots when you put it on the leaves. I’ve been brutal with the ivy coming from next door. It’s horrific stuff.

Worldsworstcook Sun 28-Jan-18 23:17:08

If it coming through your side you could paint your leaves with the ivy poison which kills it from the roots after being absorbed through the leaves. Don't know how they will take it but it's something to consider

Nomorechickens Sun 28-Jan-18 23:19:06

Ivy is really difficult to remove from a fence even if you are highly motivated to get rid of it. Tell the neighbours the situation, ask them to remove it and if they don't you won't be replacing the fence as there is no point because the new fence will just get ruined by their ivy.
Could you put up a second fence inside your own boundary? A sturdy metal fence would be ideal. Then get up on a ladder to chop the ivy back from your roof a few times a year.
You have my sympathy. When I am Prime Minister, ivy will be banned!

Bellamuerte Sun 28-Jan-18 23:19:22

Ask them to remove their ivy from your fence. They aren't allowed to grown anything on your fence without permission.

JaneEyre70 Sun 28-Jan-18 23:26:11

We had a nightmare getting rid of the ivy that the previous owners of our house had planted over the garage and one side of the house. I certainly wouldn't replace fence panels for them to be damaged in a short space of time. I'd politely point out that it is damage from their side, and you will take action if and when it is dealt with.
We had to get a builder in to sort out the repairs to our garage from the bloody stuff so I'd sort out what's on your side too. If they don't agree, I'd be "tripping over" next to the fence with weedkiller in my hand....ooops.

EggsonHeads Sun 28-Jan-18 23:28:13

If I were them I would be attatched to the ivy too but I would happily pay for damage that it did and make sure to trim it when it got to the top of the fence.

HarrietSchulenberg Sun 28-Jan-18 23:33:26

Ivy is an absolute bastard to kill. I've been using glyphosphate and and axe on mine for years and still the fucker keeps sprouting. The trunk is nearly 3ft in diameter and it's so tightly wound through my wall and fence that I'm going to have to knock them down to get rid of it completely.
Consider asking your neighbours to either remove it or pay for the damage.

DriggleDraggle Sun 28-Jan-18 23:38:40

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Allthewaves Mon 29-Jan-18 00:23:39

i keep my neighbours under control with round up

Allthewaves Mon 29-Jan-18 00:24:20

ivy, that is. I don't weed kill my actual neighbours

DriggleDraggle Mon 29-Jan-18 08:34:16

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Tiddlywinks63 Mon 29-Jan-18 08:43:39

If it's your fence they not only have no rights to grow anything on it but also cannot demand that you repair or replace it.
In fact, like pp said, I'd be asking them to replace it as they are responsible for the damage.

splendide Mon 29-Jan-18 08:54:11

Can you really not grow things up the side of the neighbor’s fence? I’m not sure which side is mine and which not but we have stuff growing up all surfaces in our garden. How is this rule enforced?

BMW6 Mon 29-Jan-18 09:07:56

Tell them there is no point in replacing fence as the ivy will just destroy it, then ask them what they suggest as a solution

Hippee Mon 29-Jan-18 17:53:04

Thanks everyone. This has been helpful. Now I just need to put my big girl pants on and broach it with them.

barefoofdoctor Mon 29-Jan-18 18:22:31

Just kill it off. Saves the awkward conversation. (Saying that I'd advise the same with a nightmare neighbour's pet grin).

meredintofpandiculation Mon 29-Jan-18 18:41:18

Killing plants or pets may replace an awkward conversation by an awkward legal situation. Both plants and pets are the property of the owners.

Chattymummyhere Mon 29-Jan-18 19:02:33

Surely normal rules apply. If it’s over the boundary you can remove and give back, so remove all that’s on and over your boundary. I wouldn’t be replacing fences there plant ruined. I don’t think Ivy should be sold to general public it ends up running rampant destroying buildings and trees.

Yura Mon 29-Jan-18 19:49:43

When we moved into our house, we had ivy in the garden tha damaged the neighbour’s fence. They politely asked us to get rid of it, we did smile horrible stuff

Daddys Thu 30-Aug-18 09:07:41

I checked wwith an online solicitor who said you can

SD1978 Thu 30-Aug-18 09:47:00

Why are you solely responsible for replacing the fence?

Daddys Sun 02-Sep-18 09:44:11

I took legal advice re ivy and was told it is ok to plant it on your land next to a neighbouring fence. The face the ivy attaches to will most likely be just inside your boundary. The neighbour cant tell you what to do on your own land. All fences rot in time. I know ivy is unpopular but opinion seems quite divided on its destructive powers. Some argue it provides protection against bad weather. The key is how responsible the owners are about keeping it trimmed

Daddys Mon 03-Sep-18 15:17:33

One neighbour can't demand next door replaces a rotten fence or part thereof. If you can't be bothered or you don't want ivy grown on it, then do nothing and the neighbour can't tell you what to do on your own property. I keep reading you are not allowed to attach or grow or paint anything on a neighbour's fence but am curious about how authentic this advice is. Criminal damage maybe? Possible but you try getting a cop to prosecute in those circumstances.

LakieLady Mon 03-Sep-18 19:20:41

Harriet, brushwood killer supposedly kills ivy.

I'm going to try it on some particularly rampant stuff that seems determined to take over part of my garden. Hacking it back just seems to make it stronger. The trunk is really thick now, and it's so vigorous there's a pair of wood pigeons nesting in it.

I feel mean about the wood pigeons, but they can move a few feet and nest in the hazel tree instead.

ToadOfSadness Mon 03-Sep-18 19:38:23

Our garden is bordered by ivy on 3 sides, it had been neglected when we moved in.

I had someone dig up as much as possible at the back, it was also growing into the trees. Some of it was growing into the shed, what I did with that was to get some stump killer and put it into a small water bottle with a pop up top (Volvic is good for this, the really small ones) and top it up with water, I use quite a lot of stump killer. Remove the leaves from one of the stems of ivy, cut the end off and break it up a bit so that it will absorb moisture, thread it into the hole in the bottle top, push the top on and wrap it all in a supermarket fruit & veg bag, twisting the handles round the top to keep it in place.Over time the ivy will suck up the liquid and start to die.

An alternative is to drill a hole in the base of the ivy and fill it with stump killer.

I find these methods are better than dumping glyphosphate on the plant, and it doesn't harm the environment as much. You can easily top up the stump killer.

(Not suggesting you put any of the neighbour's ivy into a Volvic bottle, of course).

Sorry10 Mon 03-Sep-18 19:53:41

We had Ivy that had gone really overgrown that damaged fence and been left too long. NDN offered to get rid as they knew a gardener and we paid 1/2 for new fence and posts .
I'd get rid of ivy completely as it's pointless replacing fence panels just will keep getting damaged.

nannybeach Sun 10-Mar-19 12:04:59

No advice or help, but huge sympathy with you, we own our property, the side of fence the belongs to our neighbours, has ivy and brambles with stems 4inches in diameter, that have broken down the fence when it falls, it falls our side ruining our garden. The wooden posts are rotten at ground level, so there is nothing to hold them up. We replaced "our" side last year, (have great neighbours there) These others are young,plenty of money(brand new cars, holidays abroad, good jobs, no kids), but dont touch the house or garden, we have ended up doing it, this is the third garden this has happened to us. We even bought a detached house thinking this would help, unfortunately, not.

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