Killing wisteria softly
January 3, 2013 1:28 PM Subscribe
Neighbor's wisteria is attacking our fence and house. They refuse to do anything to keep it in check. We trim it back with hedge clippers but would like to do something a bit more effective to keep the vine on their side of the property line. This is a big old growth that is growing up onto their carport to provide shade. Looks more like a small tree than vines. All the vertical growth is heavily leaning on our shared fence and is making it warp towards my property. The final straw was when our exterminator determined that rats were using the wisteria as a way to access our roof. Is there a way to use Roundup or something similar to just kill what is on our side of the property line or will it kill the whole plant? Will it be really obvious that we did more than trim back the vine? It is all leafless right now so we were thinking it might be a good time to take preventative measures. I want to do something but I don't want to start WWIII with my neighbors, so I am looking for something less drastic than just killing their whole plant.
posted by dottiechang to Home & Garden (31 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I just want to underscore that my very normal seeming neighbors act very strange and unreasonable about trimming back their beloved wisteria. Example: I asked our gardener, who also did my neighbor's yard, to trim only what was hanging on my side of the fence and they fired him for trimming about an armload of dead branches and leaves.
When I tried to arrange a time to discuss what to do (since it is pushing down the fence), they avoid me--tried visiting but they are too busy, tried e-mailing and they are mad I'd e-mail instead of talking so I tried calling and they are too busy.
Even though they are being unreasonable, I'd like to keep things as peaceful as possible because I know they're the kind of people that would pitch the hugest fit in the history of humanity if I accidentally killed their vine. I just want it to die back a bit from my side of the property to relieve pressure from my fence.
Maybe Roundup isn't the option and I should just keep trimming?
Also, will it be really obvious we use Roundup on our side if we do try that?
Any other suggestions welcome.