Protect new plantings from neighbors' overgrowth
Hi, a chain link fence separates my neighbors' yard from my own. Their side is severely overgrown, with at least a foot of ivy, many large shrubs, and a foot or so of dead leaves on the ground against the chain link fence. I just cut back the portion of the shrubs that was growing into my side, and I'd like to plant flowers against the fence and new plants. I am worried that their shrubs will again overtake my plants, and also that the dead leaves and ivy will creep onto my side and mess my new plantings. What are some techniques to combat this?
Installing a new fence isn't really an option right now. (I've also tried asking our mutual gardener to help, and he's helped but only a little.) Is there anything such as pieces of plastic that I can line my side of the chain link fence with to keep my side clean? It's not a privacy issue because their shrubs are so dense. It's really just a desire to keep my side looking clean and to protect my new plants.
Thank you so much!