I have this crazy neighbor that I'm trying hard to live with. Worse
then a problem with a wife ( at least you have a chance of some
benefits from the wife.)
Anyway, Crazy Neighbor started ranting at me this morning when I got
the paper ( I swear she looks out the window and waits for me.) Her
complaint was some of bamboo ( I guess that is what it is ) in my yard
has sprouted in her yard 2-3 yards from the fence. She said she had
to have her "yard man" poison it and she wanted me to pay for the
I'm new to the neighborhood and I don't want to make waves, but I have
no idea of paying crazy neighbor. I realize she can sue me for
anything she wants but that doesn't mean she will win or recover $$
for any damages.
As I said, she is crazy. As in the Bat Shit Crazy / Mean Crazy, not
the "Ol she is a sweat Little Old Lady" - don't mind the 50 cats in
her house, she is a little off.
So, does anyone know if I would be irresponsible for my plants growing
into her yard? I know that laws vary from State to State and county
to county, but in general, can someone give me some advice regarding
It will depend on local laws, but my guess is she may be able to win.
Bamboo is considered a nuisance and may be illegal or require the owner to
control it to their property. That stuff can be very invasive.
Buy your self a camcorder, it looks like you will have years of crap
from the lady. You never know how things can escalate, harassment is a
crime, so are frivolus charges. Its happened to me and photos are
helping. Did you plant the bamboo, call your city monday, here it would
not be an issue. Offer her a bottle of roundup, just empty it and put
in water if you feel harassed. Ask her for a reciept from the garden
man, maybe she is BSn you, then offer her roundup, or Fertiliser in the
On Sun, 19 Mar 2006 06:10:50 -0600, email@example.com (m Ransley)
This last suggestion is a bad idea. If she or her yard man waste time
spraying what turns out to be water, and that will for sure give the
bamboo more time to get establisheed and spread in her lawn, she'll
have a case even if she doesn't already have one.
In addition, no one likes being made a fool of and you'll have an
implacable enemy if you play stupid games with her. Even if you think
she's implacable now, she'll be more so, and even if someones's not
actually crazy, they'll be your enemy after you try to play them for a
Ask her for a reciept from the garden
There was this exact case on the Peoples Court last week, which makes
me wonder if this is a put up job. The people were from NJ and both
owned expensive waterfront properties. One neighbor is an obivous
buffoon and planted 350 ft of bamboo right at their property line. The
next door neighbor had enough and sued for the cost of putting up a
steel barrier to keep it out. He won a judgement of $5000, because of
exactly what is stated above.
And I think this is right. There are some plants that are so
invasive, that if anyone plants them, I think it is their
responsibility to keep them controlled.
Bamboo can be exceedingly invasive and difficult to get rid of. If you
have a local nursery that sells it, perhaps they can give you tips on
how to remove or control it. Some varieties grow in a nice little clump
and do not spread at all. It might be possible, if you like it, to sink
something into the ground to limit root growth along the property line.
There is a lot of crap that grows nicely in pots in the house, but is
an invasive and destructive weed in the wild. Heard of kudzu? Nice
house plant :o) Your neighbor may just be frustrated with having had an
ignoramus who planted weeds - give her a chance. Some localities have
very strict zoning laws about what can and cannot be planted; California
comes to mind. If I spent several thousand dollars or hours on my
landscaping, I would not be happy with the "plant from hell" spreading
into my yard :o)
Very interesting. This could be a court case and it could go either
way. It is a well-known fact that bamboo can cause extensive damage
to property due to the aggressive nature of the plant. The plant can
easily travel underground 15 feet or so and grow through asphalt and
break up concrete. If it were me, I'd cut the bamboo back several
feet from the property line or if you don't want to maintain it remove
it altogether. In any event it's always good to try to get along
with neighbors. Bake her with a tray of brownies and tell her you
intend to control your bamboo.
She has the right to trim a tree growing over into her yard, but cannot
compel you to do it or charge you for it; the growth is seen as an act of
By analogy, I would say she has a right to kill the bamboo (and yours, if
that is an inevitable consequence of killing hers) but not to charge you.
Sure, bamboo is invasive, and you should have seen it would happen. But
trees get big, and that is foreseeable also.
I'm not a lawyer, but I doubt she can do much. Just look around at nature
and how plants and trees are grown in the wild. Seeds are carried by the
wind, in bird droppings, etc. As a good neighbor, you should do what you
can to stop the spread. Sometimes you cant as the roots travel underground
and pop up in strange spots.
Let me know if she prevails. If so, I want all my neighbors to remove the
weeds from my lawn because I'm sure they started out in theirs.
Good one Ed! Hope that weed idea isn't copyrighted, I want to use it
If the 50 cat number is valid maybe a call to the animal control officer???
The best defense ... is a strong offense, she won't be bothering you if
she's defending against the city/county for an animal control problem/mental
eval/public health problem case.
Someone else suggested baking brownies, maybe you could give her the Roundup
in there? <g>
What do the other neighbors say?
WHERE THE HELL IS JUDGE WAPNER WHEN WE NEED HIM!!! That's right he's doing
animals now on Animal Planet, maybe he could still help?!
What state or province are you located in? City and county would help too.
(Not trying to find you, we have enough crazies here in Washington without
yours!) but if you give us some more info a quick web search may answer your
The problem is not the bamboo, the problem is the whack-job living next
door. You've got to nip this in the bud, if you'll forgive the metaphor.
Simply tell her, privately, that if she gives you any trouble, ANY trouble,
you'll have some boys from your old neighborhood pay her a visit and get
positively medieval on her ass.
The dude who owns the property next door to mine recently came six feet onto
my property and CHOPPED DOWN six 6' tall photonia plants! Thirteen years of
growth gone. While I stood, flabbergasted, trying to make sense of the
carnage, he rented out the house to about 200 Katrina evacuees!
His life hasn't been normal since.
I expect you are NOT responsible for anything growing in her yard. Period.
During a bad storm, when my neighbor's tree split in half, the half that fell
in my yard and on my deck became MY responsibility. (Act of God, yadda, yadda)
Your biggest concern appears to be the WACKO neighbor, herself.
I can deal with most unreasonable people but a bona fide CRAZY person is
another story. You should discuss your concerns with the local police. At
least, they will be aware of your concerns should the situation deteriorate.
Obtain all necessary permits and built the tallest, LEGAL privacy fence
between your properties. Good luck.
In general you are right, but I suspect that IF your neighbor's tree had
shown evidence of rot and a reasonable expectation that it would fall on
your property and cause damage, then it would have been your neighbor's
responsibility. Bamboo is usually a known problem and is even listed as
such in some codes. Where I live, you can be at fault if you allow large
quantities of dandelions in your yard. It does not happen often, but it
I would also like to note that it is wise to make other considerations
about being a good neighbor. First you never know about crazy neighbors and
what they may do. It often is safer to go along with any reasonable
request. A good neighbor is a valuable asset and allowing your bamboo to
invade their yard is not really fair or just.
I suspect many of those who are reading this do not understand just how
bad bamboo can be.
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