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“It destroyed the back of my house.”

A distraught homeowner expressed his frustration on the r/mildlyinfuriating subreddit after discovering that their neighbors had planted an invasive plant on their property line without their permission.

Even worse, the entitled neighbor acted the opposite of his neighbor by poisoning the vine of the original poster before replacing it with the invasive species.

Due to their shocking disregard for the homeowner’s property, the backyard looked like a jungle as the plant took over everything in sight, including the basketball goal.

“It destroyed the back of my house,” the homeowner wrote in his post.

The aggressive plant seemed to envelop everything in its path.
Photo credit: Reddit
The aggressive plant seemed to envelop everything in its path.
Photo credit: Reddit

The damage is clearly visible in the two photos they posted. The aggressive plant seemed to envelop everything in its path, making the OP’s yard look like something you’d see near an abandoned building.

Many commenters suggested that the OP “poison the vine back” with herbicides containing glyphosate, such as RoundUp, to kill the unwanted invasive weeds.

“Roundup, my friend. Pity them when they complain about the loss of their beautiful vine, and tell them to make sure it doesn’t grow on your property when they replant,” another advised.

However, using glyphosate as an act of revenge would only harm both the OP and the neighbor. Research shows that exposure to this harmful chemical can cause inflammation, hormone disruption, impaired brain function and even cancer. It also causes biodiversity loss and pollutes ecosystems, according to McGill University.

The OP would be wise to explore natural alternatives to RoundUp, such as “goat haircutting,” using boiling water to kill the plant, or smothering the plant with sawdust.

Opting for a chemical-free solution would ensure that the OP’s garden remains a thriving, friendly place for pollinators, especially if they replace the plants with a native lawn.

Natural lawns require much less maintenance and watering, because the plants are specially adapted to local conditions. It’s also a great way to conserve water, even if you replace just part of your lawn with low-maintenance options like buffalo grass or clover.

“If you have brine or a high pH solution (i.e. salt water under pressure), it works as both a pest control and a weed killer. If concentrated enough, it should hopefully force the ivy by the roots within a week This would hopefully save you more money in the long run than buying chemical herbicides,” another commenter suggested.

“Plant some bamboo in their yard,” said another, although that would likely cause more problems because the plant “has no respect for property lines,” the Florida Times-Union explained.

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