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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A metro woman says she’s had enough with yards of vacant properties in her east Kansas City neighborhood that are overgrown with weeds and trees.

The overgrown mess continues to grow through the fence surrounding Gloria Craft’s home, but it doesn’t stop from trying to tame the weeds.

“It looks like the jungle, Appalachian Mountains, hillbilly land. I might as well see if I can shoot a deer or something,” she joked.

There’s a vacant house right next door, the yard taken over by trees, weeds, and even cats. The fence encasing her backyard is covered in leaves fortified by a wall of trees. No matter how much she keeps her side of the fence clean, it’s never enough.

“Kick a ball back there right now. Where would it go? Probably to the Land of Oz, I don’t know,” she said with a laugh.

The retired teacher said she’s called the city for help. The city said it hasn’t received any complaints about the property. She’s lived in her home for more than 50 years and hopes to see this problem fixed.

“I have glaucoma. I want to see beauty for the rest of the years I have to see,” she said.

Craft said she’ll do what she can, but knows time is not on her side.

She also said the problems extend beyond her property and into the neighborhood. The sidewalks are taken over by trash, low hanging branches, and bushes, making it tough to walk through.