My neighbor has trees that hang all over my fence and more leaves fall in my
yard then in his. I have to rake them every hour if I want them gone. Can I
have a tree guy come in and cut the ones that hang over and send him the
bill? I have sent him countless letters asking him to do something but have
got no response. What are my options in the matter does anyone know?
Although in my town, it's legal for a neighbor to cut overhanging branches,
I would be disproportionately pissed off if a neighbor did that without
first having a conversation. Have you knocked on your neighbor's door and
asked for his/her opinion?
Also: Why do so many leaves fall on your side? Prevailing wind?
I am not at this home many months of the year and the fall is the only time
when the leaves fall. I have had a kid take care of the lawn during the
summer but now is off season with nothing to cut. I did have the cleaning
done but now I am the one that is left as my usual helper is gone. I first
decided to drop off a note and keep a copy but after several left in his
mail box and several actually delivered by the US Mail I assume I am being
ignored. I only get pissed when I am in the middle of raking and think of
dropping the leaves off on his front steps along with some dog crap just to
make my point.
Where is all this land you guys seem reoccupied with? It seems that there
are more than a few that would choose to run away and hide rather than face
things straight on. Do you even vote at election time or are you at that
place in the sand?
It isn't realistic to expect a lawn with trees nearby to be free of
leaves, especially at this time of year. And it is a very bad reason to
risk alienating a neighbor. You might be happier either using a
mulching mower with a pickup, or blow leaves onto a tarp and dispose of
them. Leaf blower is easier than raking, but raking is good exercise if
you have a healthy back :o) You might also consider changing your
landscape to be leaf friendly - plant a bank of shrubs and just blow the
leaves into the shrub area for mulch. Azaleas love oak leaves. Other
acid loving shrubs, like rhododendron, might be a good choice and it
makes a good place for leaves.
Trees shed leaves. Dogs get fleas. Cats kill birds. Grass needs to be mowed.
It gets dark at night. Rain comes down. Children skin their knees. Babies
cry. Coyotes howl. The tide comes in and goes out.
It's the FREAKIN' world!
They are YOUR leaves and HIS tree.
Get used to it.
According to what I have heard on this group and my own knowledge.
You own everything from the fence up so you can trim all you want as long it
doesn't harm the tree or maybe make it look stupid. The leaves that fall on
your side are yours, if it was a fruit tree you would own the fruit.
Here's the bad part for you, you can't charge him for the trimming.
Oh they would look pretty bad trimmed. Take my word for it. Not to mention
the job it would be as they have really grown rather tall. I actually feel
sorry for the trees more than anything. Even if I did trim from the fence
straight up the leaves on his side would still end up blowing off and
landing on my lawn. They are actually beautiful trees this time of year. Now
that I think of it there really doesn't seem like there is anything that can
be done short of removing them entirely.
You can cut the branches on your side without his consent because they
"belong" to you.
However, you cannot also charge him if you do not get written or verbal
consent from him. You are improving your own property, why should he have
to pay for it?
It\'s amazing what a man can accomplish when he\'s not worried about who will
get the credit.
Maybe I can throw the limbs over the fence. If I start with one at a time I
might get some reaction. If I did that and they are my limbs because they
are over my land then could he have me charged with littering?
In my area, you trim what is over your own property. I haven't read the
code in a while, but I think there is something that says you cannot
mutilate a tree - cut off all branches on one side, etc. Some
neighborhoods have special historic trees, etc., so be sure that there
isn't some special protection.
Is that the only tree that drops leaves in your yard?
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