At my home, I have one particular "discourteous" neighbor that (before I bought my house) made a long triangular-shaped area on his property where he dumps grass clippings, twigs, logs, tile, concrete fragments, old bricks, and small yard debris.
This triangle is between my property line and a tie retaining wall topped with a stockade privacy fence further inside his yard. Either way, he doesn't have to look at this area, but I do. Lovely. Topping it off, this area is at the top of a steep slope in my backyard.
What is happening is, aside from the yard debris and junk- there are numerous woody vines climbing on the chain link fence he put at our property lines. There are also a few trees in there that are scraggy and unsightly to say the least. I hope I'm painting the picture accurately for you.
What I want to do is kill those vines and pretty much anything in there that will come into my yard. I've cut them back, but they keep coming over the fence. If I could use a hedge trimmer, they may be able to be cut. Most vines are a half-inch or thereabout. I also have a machete.
Eventually, this property line will be a flat section on top of a retaining wall I will have built. Along the line will be Leyland Cypress or Arborvitae to make a natural barrier from this nuisance. I may also put a roll-out blocker material onto his chain-link fence to attempt to prevent the vines from crossing.
A main concern is: Will these woody vines climb onto and choke my evergreens once planted? He clearly doesn't care about this area or me, so I will cut out whatever and do what I need to it. I just didn't want to poison the heck out of the area and in turn destroy the soil for my new trees.
Any help is appreciated. Questions?