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Mrjjmc
Dec 31, 2017 3:35 AM CST
Gday! My neighbours have a nice productive raspberry climber on the boundary fence. So productive it is, it's climbing through under the fence and up through my deck! I don't wish to poison it in the various places it pops up as I am sure that this would poison the raspberries, which are presumably eaten by them. Does anyone have any suggestions to kill those extending bits off on my side without causing harm to the other side of the fence?
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Dec 31, 2017 3:41 AM CST
Hi @Mrjjmc Welcome Smiling Can feel the dilemma you're facing and it will be interesting to see what suggestions you get to help. I'm doubting you could actually kill of extensions on your side without that going right through the whole plant.

The best solution then would be to cut back to the fence line where you can keep it under control, and maybe harvest a few fruits too.

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greene
Dec 31, 2017 6:43 AM CST
Mrjjmc,
It's nice that you are concerned about the health of your neighbors. Thumbs up
Perhaps you could pop over to their house in a friendly way, maybe with a small gift of some biscuits or bottle of wine and mention the raspberry plants. They may be totally unaware that the plants are growing on your side of the fence.

If that's not an option, you could grab a shovel, dig down and remove the plants on your side of the fence and either replant them in a more suitable spot in your garden or pot them up and offer them for sale.

Once you have removed the offending plants, place a root barrier into the soil, I think 8-12 inches (appx 20-30 cms) should be sufficient. That should be enough to keep the plants away from your side.
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Philipwonel
Dec 31, 2017 10:16 AM CST
I agree with greene. ๐Ÿ‘
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Jai_Ganesha
Dec 31, 2017 10:36 AM CST
You must declare nuclear war on those neighbors. Do everything you can to rid yourself of them. This extreme level of offense is NOT acceptable!

Just kidding (of course), but I've actually been that neighbor with a plant going into somebody else's yard (in my case it was giant Tithonia that reached over the fence and self-seeded) and I want to say that the offending neighbors may literally not even notice. Or they may notice but it hasn't "clicked" yet that somebody else doesn't love the plant (and berries) as much as they do.

So if you can gently tell them, they may apologize and volunteer to do all the work themselves (I did).

If not, then revert to war. Sticking tongue out
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Melbourne, Australia
Mrjjmc
Jan 1, 2018 7:05 AM CST
Thank You!
Thank you all for your considered advice. You are too nice, I was hoping you were going to say poison away! Jokes. I actually dug a bit of a trench at the fence line before I started on the deck last year. One of the shoots has popped up over 1.5 metres from the fence and I can't see runners at the fence. I'm wondering whether this may have just self sewn off a peice cut previously? In which case, I may be able to poison that bit.
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greene
Jan 1, 2018 7:49 AM CST
It's your yard so you will do as you please. I personally would not use any type of poison on a plant that someone is using as a food source. Please consider speaking with your neighbor.
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Philipwonel
Jan 1, 2018 7:54 AM CST
MrJ ๐Ÿ˜€
A few pics may give us a better perspective. One of neighbors side of fence. How close to fence is deck. Height of deck. Are edges of deck boards butted up. Those kind of things.
You may be fretting about nothing.๐Ÿ˜ฎ
More details, Please !

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Leftwood
Jan 1, 2018 8:36 AM CST
You are right in that if you're sure that any (of your) raspberry plants are not physically connected to your neighbor's plants, the an herbicide like a lawn weed killer is an option.

Trenching and installing a soil barrier is the only permanent answer. Remember that once you do this, you may still have raspberry roots still in the dug soil that you put back. If any sprout up on your side of the barrier, you will need to remove or kill them.

Depending you your desired outcome, remember that putting a trench in on your side of the fence might not do the trick, since there is no root barrier until the roots already creep under the fence.
Melbourne, Australia
Mrjjmc
Jan 2, 2018 6:25 AM CST
Thanks again, you are absolutely correct. Neighbour's health is paramount and the reason I have sought advice. I will likely spark up a chat with them about it. Trenching may be difficult due to the location of the deck at the fence line. I have attached some images (for the sake of interest) which show the deck in relation to the fence, the sprouting shoots through the deck adjacent to fence and 1.5m away and the actual plant on the other side circled. It is climbing up adjacent to the tap, which is likely due to the water in the soil. I will try to pull up some of the decking peices and dig along it to 30cm. Thanks again - cheers.
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Philipwonel
Jan 2, 2018 10:39 AM CST
Thanks ๐Ÿ˜€ MrJ ๐Ÿ‘for pics.
I see now, how much ! more difficult a barrier is going to be ๐Ÿ˜ž!!!
Definitely ! Time , to start up a chat with neighbor. Maybe ? Neighbor , is just renting, and the owner , would be glad to be rid of having to cut them off every year.

Oh !๐Ÿ˜€! By the way. I didn't tell you.
I hate raspberries. Thumbs down

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greene
Jan 2, 2018 10:44 AM CST
Since you are working in such a tight space, it would be best to chat with the neighbor and get him to create the trench and barrier on his side of the fence. Who knows? Maybe all this time he is living next to you thinking that these are your raspberries invading his yard. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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Jai_Ganesha
Jan 8, 2018 7:16 AM CST
Yeah, the pictures show what a thorny situation it is (yes, I went there). I would definitely talk to the neighbors.
Keep going!

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