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Brambles from Neighbours garden

We have lots of brambles coming through from our neighbour's property. Unfortunately they aren't keen gardeners and think they are lucky to have them there so they can pick the fruit...

We're not on talking terms unfortunately, I'm planning on using SBK on the brambles that have rooted our side as cutting it back to the boundary just makes it multiply.

Would it be best to send them a letter to let them know I'm doing this? I wouldn't feel comfortable with them eating the fruit still if I'm using SBK my side.

Thanks in advance.


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,678
    I'd cut back everything on your side, and either dig out the roots , or spray any regrowth from the stumps you've cut back. 
    Nieghbour disputes can easily escalate so they're best avoided.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,724
    I agree with @Hostafan1 ... cut back everything on your side ... this will disconnect the plants from those in your neighbour's garden.  Then either dig out the roots or, if you are elderly/infirm and unable to dig out the roots, treat any new growth from the roots with SBK. 

    If you've already cut the growth back so it's not attached, the weedkiller will not affect your neighbour's plants.  

    Just make sure that you cut off any new growth appearing over your boundary from next door, otherwise it'll take root and you'll have to start all over again.  
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • GregRGregR Posts: 12
    Thanks for the advice, as you say I will cut it away from the boundary and either dig out or SBK.

    Looks like I'm just going to have to put up with it on there side.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,678
    Just cut back the invading stems as they grow
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,323
    The new grown is not usually deep rooted, if you dig down along your boundary about a foot or a little more if you can, cut up old compost sacks or strong plastic bags and make a barrier. 
    As other have said, dig out as much as you can first,  keep digging it out as it regrows but put in a barrier. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 9,029
    SBK is horrible stuff. Read the data sheets and enjoy all the toxicity cautions and animal testing data.
    Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,522
    Shredded brambles make great compost, when mixed up with grass cuttings.
  • We have a similar problem...
    We recently had our garden completely returned as was so overgrown (had to remortgage our house to do so and added fencing the whole way around)
    We made large planters which are up against our fence and have some lovely plants growing in them.
    Now, our beighbours have brambles that are growing through the fence and underneath our planters and we have brambles poking to everywhere. I cut them off and throw the cutting back. I told by neighbour politely but they said they like the fruit so have no intention of cutting brambles down so I'm worried they will strangle our plants. 
    I dont know what to do. I dont want to kill our plants as they are getting quite mature but was thinking of using roundup tough gel on the brambles. Any advice would be great thanks.
  • *returfed not returned*
    *neighbours not beighbours!*
  • In addition to this I think eventually the brambles will affect the fence too.
    Ideally a tough weed killer that doesnt affect our plants would be ideal.
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