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    • sticklebrick14
    • By sticklebrick14 18th Jul 17, 12:03 AM
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    Bamboo plant growing through my fence
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    • 18th Jul 17, 12:03 AM
    Bamboo plant growing through my fence 18th Jul 17 at 12:03 AM
    Hi everyone,

    Would really appreciate some advice on next steps with a problem bamboo plant belonging to my neighbour.

    The situation is that our neighbour replaced their rear fence about 5 years ago and did such a horrible and dangerous job (nails and screws and twisted metal sticking through our side and it swayed in the wind!!) that we asked them to make it safe. They just ignored us so last year we finally errected our own fence 6 inches inside the boundarys line further into our garden. It is totally freestanding and hides the monstrosity of their fence.

    All was good until a couple of months ago when the neighbours bamboo plant started growing in large volumes through and underneath their fence in the 6 inch gap and obviously into our garden and two weeks ago the shoots started to break through our new fence.

    I wrote to the neighbours and said I would like them in the next 14 days to sort this out and remove the shoots on my land and make sure they didn't come through again. Unsurprisingly they ignored my letter.

    I'm really concerned about the damage that could occur and would really like some advice. Will the bamboo badly damage my fence?

    I don't want to escalate things and get heavy handed but equally I don't fancy forking out a few more hundred quid on another fence in a year's time.

    I know the best advice is go talk to the neighbour but that ship sailed the day they stood on my doorstep swearing at my wife infront of the kids (Or was it the time they poured waste cooking oil into our garden and nearly loped the dog! Or block paved over our boundary line or - think I'll stop there!!) Needless to say there is no way we can chat like normal good neighbours - we just dont see eye to eye.

    So - Over to you - wise MSE folk ...
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    • AlexandLauren
    • By AlexandLauren 18th Jul 17, 8:37 AM
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    I believe you are entitled to cut back any branches that are crossing over your border so long as you 'offer' to return the trimmings....strange i know!

    What you could try is putting a thick plastic membrane on the neighbours side of your fence. Something like DPM (Damp proof membrane) but i believe it would need to be a lot thicker to stop bamboo shoots. You can buy bamboo barrier plastic but this is normally to put around the roots to stop the rhizome spreading

    Good luck!
    • Farway
    • By Farway 18th Jul 17, 2:29 PM
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    Roundup?


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    • The Bloody Baron
    • By The Bloody Baron 18th Jul 17, 2:49 PM
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    • 18th Jul 17, 2:49 PM
    As previously mentioned, any plants/trees that grow into your garden (i.e. over the boundary fence) you are in your right to cut them and throw the trimmings back into their garden.

    With regards to the bamboo, I actually had a discussion recently with a professional gardener about it and he said that it is illegal to grow unpotted bamboo in the UK. He said this was due to how rapidly it grows and its roots notoriously grow everywhere. This can then lead to structural damage to buildings and foundations that the bamboo has infested. If what he said is true then I think its worth checking out!
    • DaftyDuck
    • By DaftyDuck 18th Jul 17, 4:16 PM
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    • 18th Jul 17, 4:16 PM
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    • 18th Jul 17, 4:16 PM
    What he said isn't true! There are States in the USA that have some controls on some types of bamboo...

    Just spray your side of the fence...
    • Money maker
    • By Money maker 18th Jul 17, 4:24 PM
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    • 18th Jul 17, 4:24 PM
    It's not illegal to grow unspotted bamboo in the garden. If you have any wildlife parks around with red pandas... they are usually very grateful for bamboo contributions.
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    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 18th Jul 17, 6:59 PM
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    • 18th Jul 17, 6:59 PM
    Just spray your side of the fence...
    Originally posted by DaftyDuck
    If you make a weak solution of glyphosate, you may be able to inhibit growth without killing the plant completely, but it's bound to be hit and miss.
    At my last house, I managed to inhibit the neighbours rambling roses without actually murdering them; they just developed this nasty 'disease' every summer.......

    No dispute to deal with, though. In fact, I later sold part of my garden to that neighbour, who turned-out to be an ex-pupil of mine!
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    • By I have spoken 18th Jul 17, 8:05 PM
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    • 18th Jul 17, 8:05 PM
    Branches and roots coming into your garden can be trimmed and offered back.
    • Ebe Scrooge
    • By Ebe Scrooge 18th Jul 17, 8:12 PM
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    • 18th Jul 17, 8:12 PM
    I believe you are entitled to cut back any branches that are crossing over your border so long as you 'offer' to return the trimmings....strange i know!
    Originally posted by AlexandLauren
    Yup, according to the strict letter of the law, this is correct. Obviously, if one gets on with one's neighbours it doesn't come to this - more a case of a quick chat over the fence "Do you mind if I cut off the overhanging branches, and I'll stick them in my compost bin if you like". If relationships are less cordial then ... well, it would be unfortunate if you were spraying your weeds with any of the easily available glyphosate-based weedkillers, and you accidentally got some on the bamboo leaves ........
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    • Kim kim
    • By Kim kim 18th Jul 17, 8:47 PM
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    well, it would be unfortunate if you were spraying your weeds with any of the easily available glyphosate-based weedkillers, and you accidentally got some on the bamboo leaves ........
    Originally posted by Ebe Scrooge
    Surely it would be allowed to spray weed killer on the portion that's on your land or over or through your fence?
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 18th Jul 17, 9:29 PM
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    Surely it would be allowed to spray weed killer on the portion that's on your land or over or through your fence?
    Originally posted by Kim kim
    If the weed killer stopped at the boundary, yes,

    But weedkiller will translocate through the plant's entire cellular system, reaching parts that aren't sprayed. Do it well and the whole plant may die.

    Very hard to prove how it died though!
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    • DaftyDuck
    • By DaftyDuck 19th Jul 17, 12:31 PM
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    Ah, a job for that famous tv pathologist, Quince...

    Or have I misspellt that.
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 19th Jul 17, 3:20 PM
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    Yup, according to the strict letter of the law, this is correct. Obviously, if one gets on with one's neighbours it doesn't come to this - more a case of a quick chat over the fence "Do you mind if I cut off the overhanging branches, and I'll stick them in my compost bin if you like". If relationships are less cordial then ... well, it would be unfortunate if you were spraying your weeds with any of the easily available glyphosate-based weedkillers, and you accidentally got some on the bamboo leaves ........
    Originally posted by Ebe Scrooge
    Funnily enough - the only two occasions where I've used/would ever use glyphosate were, respectively, (by sheer coincidence of course.....) when one neighbour had a leylandii tree and when another property had a plant base there that had to be either bamboo or Japanese Knotweed.

    It was, of course, sheer coincidence that both things quite visibly died soon afterwards....

    But if a neighbour has neither commonsense or any grasp of the consequences for themselves of such plants......

    EDIT; I wouldnt have touched an ordinary plant though - just secateurs for something like a rambling rose...
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    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 19th Jul 17, 5:48 PM
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    EDIT; I wouldnt have touched an ordinary plant though - just secateurs for something like a rambling rose...
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    It would take your neighbour to plant something like 'Kiftsgate' along your dividing fence, but then you'd understand and eat those words, season after season!
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 20th Jul 17, 2:36 PM
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    It would take your neighbour to plant something like 'Kiftsgate' along your dividing fence, but then you'd understand and eat those words, season after season!
    Originally posted by Davesnave
    Crikey!

    I've never seen anything quite like that
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