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chain link fence full of weeds and "trash trees"

 
hank mcgee
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Hey everyone, this is my first post. I'm new to the idea of permaculture but thinking of starting small.

I've lived in this house over ten years but I plan on moving in the next couple years so I don't want to spend a fortune on this yard.

These weeds come back every year. I think a lot of it is Japanese bamboo or something like that. I recently tore it all out again as I do every so many years and was about to haul my last load to the street. But then I wondered if this brush could be put to any use.

I planted grass and now some grass is growing but its about equal weeds already coming back to take over. Any suggestions? As you can see, the neighbor's side is very bad. I've tried to cut all the trees on my side as far back as possible. My neighbor is to the west of me so my side gets all the sun it seems.

Thanks for reading and any suggestions.
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Gilbert Fritz
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you could compost them, at least. Unless you have roots in it, in which case they might come back if you do not heat the pile up.
 
Mountain Krauss
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Goats would be happy to take care of that for you. The grass wouldn't do much for them, but they would love that fence and those trees.
 
Rick Howd
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First I would trim the climbers in your fence at the base, you can pull them out later. Then go talk to your neighbor, explain that the plants are coming onto your property and filling the fence, (show him the dead stuff you had to trim) offer to cut a small path before the fence and maybe plant a few non-invasive plants to take up the space and prevent the problem in the future, explain how mints and other herbs are tasty (ot whatever is appropriate).

If he says no, dig a trench that drains off your property and nuke it (6 inches on your side where you were aiming and well.. overspray of 18 inches on the other side. There is only so much you can do and if you plan to move then you have a responsibility to the next homeowner for a clean space. You can trench on your side and use a rod that perforates the soil on the other side. You offered an organic, safe solution.

Be fair and reasonable, offer some bounty, and if he just doesn't care, fix your land first.

I really don't think we can train or teach ALL of the world, I don't want to hurt others (even if the won't notice) but it's my last choice.
 
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