War Of The Worlds!

By
Home Inspector with Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

Don't be fooled!  This alien monster starts as a small seed or even in a small pot. 

And you plant it thinking how one day it will be beautiful, cascading, flowering delight. 

You build a pretty, but light, pergola to house your new little buddy.

But no.  Left unchecked this alien being can, and mercilessly will, take over its perch!

It will take over the world!

This humongous trumpet plant has been growing under, around and over this deck for nearly 20 years.

It is beautiful, especially when flowering, but at this point weighs hundreds of pounds.

And it is tearing up the deck!

 

It is also tearing up its support.

You can see a couple of supports toward the rear which have been removed from their original positions.

This lovely entry way light, not made for the outdoors, was moved here when a new interior light was purchased some time ago.

The way this is done is very "homeowner" in fashion, not correct and fairly dangerous.

But it has been there!

Sooner or later this plant will collapse this support!

 

 

The original columnar supports for the deck, beside which the alien was planted, have been completely eaten!

They had to be replaced, of course.

This being Virginia, Mr. Jefferson would be proud of the alien's intelligent symmetry.

Notice how both previous columns have been removed and preserved at exactly the same angle!

Parallels are hard to come by in nature!

But, with some trimming above, this alien creature might once again be the delight it was intended!

After all, with views like these it sure would be worth it!

The upper and lower decks both view into the property.  The nearest neighbor is no where near the house!

My recommendation:  keep your plants under control and away from the house!

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Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


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Michael Thornton
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Jay, I hate it when folks just let their plants grow like this. I have seen vegetation do thousands of dollars worth of damage to a structure. Good post!

July 18, 2010 07:53 PM
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Jay Markanich
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Michael - things get bigger and then the war begins!  Two worlds, for sure.

July 19, 2010 06:05 AM
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Sharon Alters
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The secret: trim back and trim often. We have a hibiscus bush that would have taken over half of our yard by now if we didn't prune it regularly - and almost to the ground. Love the analogy!

I love English ivy or any vine climbing on a building, but my mother told me when I was young the dangers of it. In Florida, we see creeping fig climbing on walls and buildings, but I don't think it has the same intense roots. Will have to check on that.

July 19, 2010 08:42 AM
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Patricia Kennedy
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Oh!  But, Jay!  Wysteria is so pretty!  I have to have a bunch of ivy removed from my garage.

July 19, 2010 10:29 AM
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Jay Markanich
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Sharon - regular pruning is quite a job, and I bet especially in Florida!  As to your vine, even if the roots are not deep, plants hold moisture against a house and can introduce insects.  I would beware...

Pat - not only pretty, but a beautiful aroma!  I love the smell, but not the bees.  But trim away!

July 19, 2010 08:08 PM
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