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I was sick of my neighbour’s vines hanging over my fence so I took drastic action – some say I’m wrong but I don’t care

A GARDENER has divided opinion after he hacked down his neighbours vines when they began creeping over his wall.

The Russian variety of the plant had overgrown into Luke’s, of Just Gardens, private plot but the neighbours had asked him not to touch the plant regardless.

Luke decided to get rid of the vines overhanging from his neighbour's garden

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Luke decided to get rid of the vines overhanging from his neighbour’s gardenCredit: Tiktok / @justgardens

However, in spite of their warning Luke shared a TikTok video of him cutting down the end using a hedge trimmer.

Captioning his video the gardener  wrote: “Neighbours over the fence shouted “don’t touch our vines”.

“I thought, as if they’d even know. It’s a jungle!”

According to the Royal Horticultural Society it is permissible to cut down overhanging branches provided it is done without trespassing onto the other person’s property. 

It is also permissible to climb into the tree to undertake the work, again so long as it does not require going into the neighbour’s garden/land.

And it seems that viewers of the video were quick to agree that Luke was well within his rights.

Commenting, one wrote: “If it’s on my side bye bye I’d have done the same.”

“What’s on their side of the fence stays on their side and what’s on yours, well..can come off 😎” agreed another.

Meanwhile a third added: “Russian vine very invasive! 🥺”

However, others thought that he should have kept the vine as it was.

“It’s so much prettier hanging over,” they wrote.

“why even bother though, it looks cool overhanging,” added another.

Others argued that he should have left them be

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Others argued that he should have left them beCredit: Tiktok / @justgardens

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Why This Australian Wine Producer Brought ‘Tree Planter Chic’ to Canada

Undoubtedly, a lot of brands in this day and age care about gaining environmental credit. It looks good, it sounds cool when shared, and, supposedly, it’s beneficial for the planet.  

The reason why ‘supposedly’ is so important, unfortunately, is because the operative word is ‘credit’. For far too many brands, presenting a positive face is more important than actually doing positive work, and this leads to a sea of greenwashing, in which actual environmentally-friendly brands can have a hard time standing out. 

Take Australian wine producer Banrock Station, for instance. While the brand carries an immense history of supporting the environment – not just in Australia, but around the world – via a global environmental trust, and the commitment to plant 100,000 trees annually, this isn’t something that’s known to most people. In fact, most Canadians didn’t know much about the brand, period… until recently, that is. 

Thanks to the efforts of creative agency Bleublancrouge (BBR), the two worked together to make a dent in the northern market with a multi-pronged campaign. Emphasising the environment-first ethos of the brand, the two directly appealed to young, ecologically-minded wine drinkers by publicising its partnership with Tree Canada, and commitment to plant 5,000 trees across the country between June 1st 2023 and May 31st 2024.
But that wasn’t all. To really drive this home, the agency partnered with sustainable Canadian fashion brand ecologyst to create a lookbook, bridging the worlds of high fashion, tree planting, and wine appreciation in a visual fusion – also known as ‘Tree Planter Chic’. Featuring fun hats, bright colours, bubbly bottles and bold enamel pins, these were further brought to life by live, pop up events in Toronto and Victoria, creating a fun, refreshing, and impactful Canadian campaign. 

To learn more, LBB’s Josh Neufeldt sat down with

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Garden plants to prune in November for ‘fresh vigorous growth’, claims expert

Pruning is an essential gardening job to carry out at most times of the year to achieve a healthy and productive garden, in fact, it’s one of the best things households can do for their trees and shrubs. 

Cutting back certain plants at particular times of the year can encourage flowering, help define shape, control growth, and even reduce the risk of infection.

Tom Su, garden and landscaping expert and the owner of Lawn Edging, has detailed five plants to prune this month and how to go about pruning them.

1. Fruit trees

Many, like apples and pears, “benefit” from a winter prune. To prune fruit tries, cut out any dead, diseased, or crossing branches. 

Tom claimed that gardeners “will need” pruning shears for smaller branches, loppers for bigger ones, and a pruning saw for large limbs. 

Start by removing any dead, diseased, or damaged wood. Next, look out for branches that cross each other or seem to be growing inward. 

The aim is to open up the centre for better airflow and light penetration. The expert instructed: “Always make cuts just above a bud that’s facing the direction you want the next branch to grow.”

2. Gooseberry and currant bushes

These fruit in summer on old wood, so remove very old stems to “make way for younger ones”. 

Speaking from experience, Tom claimed: “Keeping the young, vigorous branches gave me a bounty of gooseberries for pies. Look for old, darker wood – that’s what you want to remove and keep the vibrant and young stems.”

Gardeners need to ensure they cut close to the ground or main stem, avoiding leaving stubs.

3. Roses

When it comes to roses, the shrub and climbing types especially need pruning. The expert explained: “You need to prune them to prevent

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More Eagle County homes and public buildings are using heat pump technology

A condenser sits on the roof during the installation of a heat pump on Jan. 20, 2023, in Denver. A bipartisan coalition of about 25 governors and the Biden administration announced a pledge Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023, to quadruple the number of heat pumps in U.S. homes by 2030.
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As electric vehicles and solar energy panels become more common, heat pumps are another step on the road to “beneficial electrification.”

Heat pumps aren’t really furnaces, but can heat buildings. They aren’t air conditioners, but can cool a building. Those pumps have compressors that exchange indoor and outdoor air. According to an explainer in Popular Mechanics, heat pumps in the winter take outside air and heat it with the compressor, providing heat to an interior space. In the summer, the compressor absorbs heat from inside a building and releases it outdoors.

According to Nikki Maline, the Energy Programs director at Walking Mountains Science Center, those units in the winter are three times more efficient than electric baseboard heat.



Maline said about 35 local homeowners this year will take advantage of various rebate programs to install heat pump units.

Maline said Holy Cross Energy has “very generous” rebates and tax credits available.

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Depending on where a building is, those rebates can make heat pumps “worth considering,” Maline said.

Those units come with a pretty significant caveat: Efficiency plummets as temperatures drop. Maline said technological improvements have made cold weather-rated units more efficient in colder climates. Still, she said, many systems installed locally have various kinds of backups, ranging from electric heating units to keeping an old gas furnace on hand.

Already in use

Eagle County has already installed heat pumps at its vehicle maintenance facility in Gypsum. County Facilities Director Jesse Meryhew

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