The Q&A Archives: Intrusive Thorny Vines

Question: We have a small path on one side of the house that borders the neighbor's yard. There are some vines in their yard that grow both through and under our stockade fence, and they have very tiny -- and very painful! -- thorns. They have light green leaves, are not very attractive, and seem to attach themselves to every shrub. They mix in with English Ivy and are extremely difficult to remove completely. What are these things, and how can I rid this walkway of this mess?

Answer: Unfortunately, based on your description I am not certain what this plant is. However, there are three approaches to dealing with the encroachment. One would be to talk to your neighbor and see if the vines can be controlled at the source. This would probably be the most effective. The next is to routinely cut the vines at the fence line before they spread further into your property. The third and least desirable approach would be to investigate the local weed ordinances.

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