Ivy is by many considered just a creeper. Some love it. others rip their hair out illuminating the plant from anywhere it is. Like any plant there are things underground that may cause unseen hassles to house and land owners.
In this post there was a challenge with the Ivy plant that grows over the concrete sleeper under the back fence. For over twenty-five years that little plant has had a hold of the ground and it just will not give up growing ... yet.
Twelve months later and still a challenge
Over the last six months tools have been added to the equipment list. Yes, there were tools like chainsaws already in the equipment. But, these were 'someone else's'. Way to heavy for the wrists of me... a retiree with no training in the tools or safety for the more complex out-of-the-box challenges.
This job was defiantly what was called different in it's approach.
Thus help was asked for. The tools were there ready and waiting. Including the hard hat that had earmuffs and face shield.
The situation presented was this...
Imagine an A5 standard sheet of computer printing paper. Landscape view. Now that width is the width of a trunk based Ivy spread over the concrete that sits between the earth, and the fence. Mind you those fence palings are really very thin, thus fragile.
Add the fact that the fence is held in place by vertical 4x4 inch stakes. Well, maybe these stakes are meant to be in the ground. But they are not as they sit three inches higher than the horizontal concrete slab.
The conundrum is this:
- Cut the lowest point and the tool you use now has the possibility of being destroyed due to concrete, or bolts too close.
- The space the tool needs to work in has two dogs on the other side of the fence.
- While even scrapping away the earth to expose the lower areas may just make things easier, the tool you have has a 'bar' above the blade. The height of the bar reduces the access
- the concrete [footpath/under the fence slabs],
- the bots [sticking out of the fence posts],
- or the wire [ holding the palings together.]