What is the name of your state?Minnesota
Hi, I hope I do this right since I'm "computer-dumb"!
Our problem? Approximately 13 years ago we installed a wooden privacy fence ON our property. (It is many inches within our property.) At the time, one of our neighbors (on the side) asked if they could grow vines on our fence and we said yes. [To all of you out there ~ NEVER say yes to such a request!!] Over the years we discovered that not only did the vines take over the entire fence, but also that our neighbor couldn't keep up with them either! We have spent hours and hours cutting these vines from our side of our fence, as well as from our yard and from around our trees that are located about 2 feet in from the fence. This year we finally said enough is enough; we have enough of our own chores to keep us busier than busy, but more importantly, we discovered that these vines were ruining our fence! Some had grown inbetween nailed boards and once they dried they had become a part of the fence; in other words, un-removable!
Anyway, when we asked that the vines be removed, our neighbor sent us nasty letters stating that they would do no such thing but eventually, in response to a letter from us, they said they would remove their vines if we would trim some of our branches that hung over the fence way in the back of our yards. We trimmed all of our branches, and it looked like they were removing their vines, BUT all they did was put up some metal trellises along the fence and they've continued to let their vines run amok and we now have vines growing up the boards on both sides of the fence, and also under the fence into our yard. Hmmm, same old problem!
What type of options do we have in this matter? We do not want to continue to clean up after their landscaping and we do not want our fence to suffer any more damage, either. It'd be one thing if we were talking about an occasional branch or something but if none of you have tried to clean up vines-gone-wild, believe me it's a HUGE chore! They cling and adhere to everything and it's an awful job!
Thank you so much for any input you have and I'm sorry this got so long!