Falls Harvest3
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Evil Neighboors!!!

Me and My family moved into our house 8 years ago and have a big oak tree in our front yard. we wanted to keep it there because A.) it provides shade and B.) keeps the house cool. But ever since we moved in we've had trouble growing things on that side of the yard. So we ended up renting a tiller and tilling the ground adding new soil, composts, etc. and we still have problems with growing stuff over on that side. 4 years back we had white jasmine growing over on that side of the fence and we believe our neighboors killed it, and now we have this trumpet vine that just appeared this year that took over that side of the fence, its killing my wife's Clematis and personally i think it looks ugley. Me and my wife have thought about it and think our neighboors kill the plants they don't want on that side of the yard. Any suggestions on any plants that you think we'd both agree on (her yard is mainly devils trumpets). and if there is any suggestions for ground covers or somthing it would be greatly apperiated.

bran

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I forgot to mention that i live in humid georgia. that might help some with the flower selection

garden_mom
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I'm assuming you have a fence. If not, get one, you know what they say about good fences. All you really can do about property line plants is a: cut back whatever grows over onto your side from theirs. b: Try to work out together the kinds of plants that you both grow, if they will be encroaching on each others side of the fence, or c: Call a truce and nobody gets to grow anything on the fence. Other than that, you might want to get your soil's ph tested, and take into account the amount of light you get over there and plant accordingly. (just in case it's not your neighbor) And remember, while trumpet vines can be unruly, hummingbirds love them.

Newt
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Hi Bran,

So sorry to hear this. First I'd like to say that you can have your plants tested by your local extension service for poisoning. Take pictures and record everything if you suspect that your neighbors are doing this. I wouldn't let this slip by as it can lead to other inappropriate behaviors.
https://www.caes.uga.edu/extension/

If your neighbors are unhappy about plants that grow on the fence onto their side they do have the right to trim them. You might want to add a trellis that you can keep the plants contained to and have them cascade from the trellis back into your yard. You can build one that folds down or just attaches to the fence.
https://www.finehouse.net/Components%20Trellis.htm#
https://www.michaelholigan.com/departments/tvshow/seg_index.asp?ts%5Fid=5745&mscssid=9X6T9UBVM2N19HUCQUQ8G2J3N3AT0A50#

If the trumpet vine is Campsis radicans it is very invasive. The root system is massive and can grow up to 50' or more from the parent plant. Just cutting it down or pulling it out won't solve the problem in a garden bed. You can mow over it if it's in a lawn. If sprouts appear in your yard I can tell you how to get rid of them.
https://www.floridata.com/ref/c/camp_rad.cfm

You don't say what the sun conditions are for the area you wish to plant in. Also, how close is the edge of the drip line of the tree to the planting area.

Newt

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