Every since I move to this house (10+ years) we've had this problem.
There's a large (40 ft?) tree in the neighbors yard behind us that
sheds jillions and jillions of these tiny leaves in the fall --
I normally do outside projects in the fall or spring. If this
involves painting or anything that involves liquids, these leaves will
always get in it. You have to understand these little leaves blow
into every square inch of my yard constantly. It is like a rain that
sprinkles leaves for a couple of months. Even if there were no
projects to spoil (and there always are), the leaves are everywhere.
We constantly track them in the house -- so they're all over the
carpets and floors. We'd have to vacuum 4 times a day. Instead we
just put up with them being sprinkled around the house. I can sweep
them off our deck, but they're raining on the deck while I do it, and
there will be a shallow blanket of then again in a day. Actually it's
like a blanked of snow. They pile in drifts in some areas and sparse
So again, what is this tree and what can I do about it. I haven't
talked to the latest owner of the house with the tree, but the
previous owner very politely said $#&@ off. When I speak to the new
neighbor I'd like to know if I have any recourse. Is there anything I
can do to force them to remove this tree?
They look like some sort of seeds..You will have to do your painting
when the tree is not setting seed and no there is nothing you can do
to get someone to cut their tree just because you don't like the seeds.
The green things are leaves and the white pods with seeds in them are
No, he can't cut a neighbors tree down. But, yes, he can remove the
portions of branches that are on his side of the property line.
It does look a lot like Cedar Elm - Ulmus crassifolia
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He'd be wise to use a reputable tree service for that. People have been
successfully sued for butchering neighbors' trees. He also might want to
observe the prevailing winds before having the tree trimmed. Otherwise, the
trim may end up being useless.
You've never lived in Houston have you.
I'm not nearly as sure as you that I have to disrupt and lead my life,
letting a neighbors tree cover my yard, patio, deck and floor with
trash for much of the fall so he can have a trash tree. He can do
what he wants in HIS yard, not mine.
Well, as others have said, the stuff looks like seeds, and no, I don't
think even in Houston can you force a neighbour to cut down a tree just
because it sheds gazillions of li'l seeds. AFAIK, the general rule is
that you can force the trimming of branches that overhang your property,
especially if they pose a danger (eg, if they're rotting.) You can also
roto-root your sewage lines if the roots from the neighbours tree get
into them, or force the removal of a tree whose roots dmage your house's
foundation, and so on. No doubt local ordinances elaborate on these
general principles. Judges sometimes interpret these ordinances in
interesting ways. But I doubt a judge would force a neighbour to cut
down a tree just because you happen to want to do some painting when
it's shedding seeds.
It may be possible to persuade the new neighbour to trim the tree, which
might reduce the seed-fall for a season or two. But most trees and
shrubs do better than ever after trimming or pruning.
So I'm afraid you're stuck.
BTW, up here in Canada, we take our shoes off at the door - saves a lot
of vacuuming. When we first came to Canada 60 years ago, it felt odd
doing that. Now it feels odd not doing it. Thus do habits mold our
So if this was going to be such an unacceptable situation, why did you move
there in the first place? And you've had ten years to choose to go someplace
else. It must not be anywhere near the problem you make it sound like, or
you should have moved eight or nine years ago.
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The seed pods look similar to trees that I have (Zone 5 Chicago) that
sprout up around here like weeds. I like them because they grow fast
and provide lots of shade. They do need constant trimming on a yearly
basis or they try and stifle the growth of all the trees around them.
Mine shed seeds late Spring. I thought my trees were a Chinese elms but
after a couple of google searches it appears they're might be its
bastard cousin, Ulmus pumila, Siberian elm.
And no, you can't get your neighbors to cut down their tree because you
don't like the leaves. Can you imagine the chaos that would ensue if
this were legal? One krotchity neighbor could theoretically have all
the trees in the neighborhood cut down.
It's better to work around the tree schedule as just another fact of
life like cold winters or rainy springs. Do you lament Mother Nature
for making it rain when you want to paint your house?
The problem is that some people think that participants in a newsgroup have
some special knowledge when in fact everyone here is just as ignorant as the
average person. Of course no one here would agree with that.
True, sometimes. But, it takes NO special knowledge to know that you cannot
cut down a tree that's on your neighbor's property. Some towns allow you to
trim the part that overhangs your property line, but the OP should be warned
that it's easy to use a saw incorrectly and really screw up a tree. He'd be
liable for that damage.
The advanced search option at www.enature.com will let you search by shape,
region etc. If you find out what it is please post. The leaves look familiar
but I have no idea wht kind of tree it is.
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