While I was at work on Monday, I happened to run into the woman who used to live next door to us. Even though she no longer lives in the house, she’s rented it to a several families in the last several years. Some good, some bad, some middle of the road. The family that’s living there presently haven’t really been all that good in upkeep of the property, so much so my wife and I have been wondering if perhaps they had purchased the house and could get away with not keeping up the house, grounds etc.
After speaking with the woman, it turns out they’re still renting, but she’s not very pleased with what they have been doing (and mostly not doing) with their responsibilities in that area. So much so, I thought she was considering evicting them, but probably a good talking to might do better in the long run. While I had her ear though, I thought it would be a good time to discuss the problem on her side of the fence with the knotweed that has been a continuing problem on my side. Every spring, the green menace shoots up and by early summer it’s already bowing over my side of the fence. Of course the infestation on her side is causing it to come up on mine, and as I’ve mentioned in a few other posts on this site, we’ve been trying to eradicate it for years.
She seemed very interested in helping out and asked if cutting it down and spraying it would work. Yes, but its one of those invasive type plants that doesn’t take a one time cutting and spraying lying down. It actually fights back. Hard. The root system goes down at least ten feet and it comes back with a vengeance if left to its own devices. I didn’t have a lot of time to impress this on her, but apparently it made some sort of impression, since soon after I got home my wife mentioned there was someone on the other side of the fence cutting down the knotweed. I probably should have gone out there and talked to them, but after putting in a full day at the job, I really didn’t feel like engaging all that much and besides, it was raining.
Soon after getting home, my wife mentioned that she was observing someone in a pickup and trailer getting over to the grove of knotweed and doing some pruning. She wanted to know if there was a name on the side of the truck, just in case it was someone who might also do tree removal, as we have a dead tree on the property that needs tending to. I got up, hobbled to the window and looked out, but I didn’t see a name to reference. She then asked if I wanted to go out and speak to the person, engage and perhaps get a little information, but being tired from a long day at work, I really didn’t. A little later she looked out and saw that the stand of knotweed was gone from the other side of the fence and the person had left as well. I haven’t managed to go outside and check out the work, but I expect the person did a good job, since through the slats of the fence there doesn’t appear to be anything on the other side. So we’re clear at least for a week or so.
Now whether this family is going to be up and moving after being berated, I have no idea. I do know for the most part they’re pretty quiet, certainly better than some of the renters that have been there in the past. Just have to keep observing from my side of the fence and keep in contact (as possible) with the woman as I see her from time to time.