Keep yer damn morning glories off my lawn
July 11, 2014 8:24 AM Subscribe
The neighbors' morning glories are growing under their fence into our yard, and driving me nuts. How can I fend them off?
posted by telepanda to Home & Garden (19 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
We rent. Our neighbors have a wood fence along the property line, with morning glories growing all over their side. The problem is that the roots of the morning glories go under the fence, and grow all over our yard. Relations between the landlord and these neighbors are terrible, and though we haven't gotten involved, they aren't friendly to us either.
Our landlord strung up some chicken wire to train the morning glories to grow up, but it's not well supported since it can't be fastened to their fence, and it sags and is ugly. More importantly, that's the sunniest corner of the yard and I would like to grow flowers there. Flowers that are not vines. The vines strangle everything out. Pulling them up as they appear is an endless task - the things grow FAST.
I have a vague idea in mind of hammering some sort of steel edging barrier into the ground along the fence, to block the roots, then putting down landscape fabric or black plastic or something, and cutting little holes for each of my plants. I don't love the idea of using pesticides, because we have little kids, but my inner evil self would delight in spraying the damn things with Roundup. (Would that kill their plants? Would I get in trouble if it did?)
I would love to hear suggestions on how to proceed, help filling in details, recommendations for specific products (I have a Home Depot and a nice garden center within range), and potential pitfalls.