Washington, United States
Here is the problem. I live with my 76 yr old uncle in my gramma's old house. The back yard used to be beautiful and now it is an unsightly mess. There is an old, tall out of control lilac bush, next to it is an "Orange grape" bush and behind it is a very tall pine tree. Both bushes are overgrown too unsightly and have grown into each other. Then there is a shed and next to it is an old forsynthia bush that is tall and has scraggly, long ugly shoots all over the place. It has grown into, around and above the Dogwood Tree that used to bloom pretty pink flowers and then behind these two is a "Trumpet Vine" that is grown and mingled in with the other two with white ugly growth in and around the branches of the Dogwood Tree higher than the tree. It looks like its strangling the tree. Then next to the tree is a Quince bush that is unsightly and all overgrown with shoots sticking way up into the air. They are all mingled up with each other. My Uncle bocked at the mere suggestion to hire someone to help with this mess as he does not "see" that there is a problem. HOW CAN I FIX THIS WITHOUT BEING TOO DRASTIC. OR do I have to be drastic and roll with the fall out knowing he will be happy in a few years when everything is healthy?
I need proof that the yard is in trouble . One of the bushes, I believe the "Trumpet
Vine" has grown itself around an entire tree wraping itself tightly around the trunk tight producing nothing but dead scraggly outgrowth into 3 feet of the neighbors yard, throughout the Quince Bush and all into the Dogwood Tree. When I merely mentioned this my uncle simply didnt see a problem and then didnt want to talk about it. There is going to be massive debris from the dead growth alone. Some of this stuff, the vine, has thick hard stems almost like a small tree.
- 6 Mar, 2012