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Mattress Vine Massacre

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Early spring 2009 we battled this invasive pest and ripped everything out we could get our hands on.  We estimated it ate up about 1/5 of our backyard.  Man, you really should check out the first phase of eliminating this massive beast.

Mattress Vine - Muehlenbeckia Axillaris

Mattress Vine - Muehlenbeckia complexa

The last challenge was the entire vine that was attached to the side of the house.  It has been a little over a year now, and it has completed shriveled up.  It was just a matter of pulling it away from the house.  Oddly enough, this wire vine engulfed a white cable which was not in use anymore.  It made the perfect rope to pull it down.

Mattress Vine - Muehlenbeckia Axillaris

Mattress Vine - Muehlenbeckia complexa

After tugging on it a couple times to get a gauge how tight is was attached, I slowly tore it away from the side of the house.

Pulling down the Muehlenbeckia Axillaris

Pulling down the Muehlenbeckia complexa

Besides just being unsightly, it was hosting a ton of spiders that were getting into the house…and we are pretty sure there was a small vermin living in there too.

Pulling down the Muehlenbeckia Axillaris

Pulling down the Muehlenbeckia complexa

As it separated away from the house, you could hear loud popping noises as it broke away.  There was a brief moment where I thought it may actually tear the side of the house down, but…

Muehlenbeckia Axillaris down

Muehlenbeckia complexa down

…this invasive vine finally fell down and went boom.  Quick note between Muehlenbeckia complexa vs. M. axillaris…M. complexa grows more vertically and axillaris creeps along the ground.  But they are both pretty nasty in San Francisco.

– Far Out Flora

Muehlenbeckia complexa

6 Comments

  1. Spiders and vermin? Yuck. And bonus….now you can actually get light in those windows! Nice job.

    • I’ve never seen a rat in it, but the other neighbors have seen them frolicking in the mass of nasty. I still hate the gophers more. I’m convinced the rats like to eat snails and slugs (this has not been proven in any way).

  2. Bet the neighbors are grateful for the daylight too!

  3. I’m glad you guys were able to remove the pest but I have to say I love these pictures immensely! The black, cloudy, shriveled cloud seems so metaphorical somehow… Thanks for posting them!

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