On Tue, 14 Sep 2004 15:59:08 -0400, email@example.com wrote:
That should work and a good idea. See if he stays off the line.
Remember you are trying to break someone's habit--sometimes not an
easy thing to do!
The hedge seems to be the best idea. You can tell your neighbor you
plan on installing a hedge to help define the property line. Be sure
you plant the hedge inside your property and not on the line (unless
your neighbor agrees). But, I would not mention the hedge to the
neighbor unless you really plan to do it if he does not comply.
Be sure to be extra friendly to your neighbor. Offer cookies, a beer,
or invite him over for lunch to make sure there are no hard feelings.
Having good neighbors is a big plus, even if you need to be a little
tolerant at times.
I agree. Make the decision sound as if it has nothing to do with your
underlying property line complaint since that just ups the emotion. Just
say you want a hedge on the edge of your yard. I would definitely
mention it to him but just in terms of a courtesy thing and make sure
you mention that you will be sure to put it inside the property line. In
this way you are not being an ogre, and the guy really can't even
complain and you are essentially resolving the property line dispute
with th hedge. You can even mention that the hedge was the reason you
had the property line marked. Darn, it works out well...Plus you'll give
yourself a little privacy....
Unless he agrees? Why look for more trouble. Here you have an
unreasonable neighbor trespassing after being told not to, so why in
the world would you tell someone to even consider planting a hedge to
be shared with the neighbor?
But, I would not mention the hedge to the
The neighbour was NOT told not to trespass. The neighbour was asked to
raise his mower when he came on to the property.
I think the first step, before anything else, is to speak to the
neighbour and CLEARLY specify what is wanted - that the neighbour NOT mow
the lawn past the property line. All the other suggestions (hedge,
lawyer's letter, minefield, whatever) should come after this basic first
step. No sense assuming that the neighbour won't be reasonable until
they've been asked, in a clear and concise manner, to abide by the
George Wenzel, B.A. (Criminology)
The OP has stated that he is not allowed to build a fence. How about a
stone wall a foot or two high? Or even cheaper, how about a single line
of rectangular concrete paving stones running along the property line
with the tops flush with the ground? Kinda like a very narrow walkway.
Since the stones will prevent grass growing at the line, there would be
no need for the neighbor to mow beyond the stones and would provide a
visual line of demarcation.
You could put the hedge in a mulched bed that borders the property, but
allows you room at the edge of the bed to maintain the hedge and renew
the mulch periodically.
Or you could plant something that grows slowly, tall and narrow, like
arbor vitae, which needs no pruning.
"In a sense, we are hallucinating all the time.
What we call normal vision is our selecting the
The more I think about it the more I think you should be more forceful.
I know a lot of people have suggest letting it ride, but it is your property
and your right to control. You don't need to be nasty, but a letter,
reminding him that you have asked him and explaining that you don't want him
to mow your yard is not going too far. I would include an offer to go over
the survey with him so he knows where the boundary is and offer to mediate
if he disagrees with the survey.
You might also want to try some on the ideas I already suggested. I
would consider a certified letter to help get his attention.
On the paper the boundaries are not fuzzy of course, but on the ground
things might be different. On one side of our property, our sprinklers
and our neighbor's sprinklers straddle the boundary; i.e., some of our
sprinklers are closer to his house, while some of his sprinklers are
closer to our house.
We and our neighbors on both sides are occasionally mowing each other's
And then there is our shed (built by a previous owner), which, according
to the survey, has a corner intruding six inches into the property of
the neighbor at the back, so I am probably mowing some of his grass when
I mow around the back of the shed. I have no idea whether he knows about
the wrongly positioned shed, and I am not going to ask him.
We and our neighbors on both sides all moved in within months of each
other. So far there has not been a problem.
On 09/14/04 09:22 pm Phisherman put fingers to keyboard and launched the
following message into cyberspace:
You have heard of adverse possession, haven't you? The laws vary from
state to state, but basicly, if someone does what this neighbor is
doing and it meets certain conditions, like it's open, notorious,
hostile, (sounds to me like he's met those criteria) done for a long
enough time, etc., then that person can have a legal claim to the
property. At the very least, if he wants to allow it to continue,
then he should get a legal opinion. But if it were me, I see nothing
wrong with standing up for my rights and keeping someone else off
property I own.
Adverse possesion can occur, but I have never heard of it being applied
in a sub-division with suburban sized lots. Such lots are relatively
small and easily defined. It would be impractical and almost impossible
for someone to grab 5 feet here and 10 feet there from such a lot.
Adverse possesion occurs in rural and sometimes industrially zoned areas
almost entirely. If someone is using a piece of another's land for a
long enough time with the real owner making no attept to enforce his
rights then occasionally that used portion of the land can become the
possesion of the person using it. This does not happen in suburban lots
even if some guy mows his neighbor's lawn for 50 years.....
Blow a hit of pot smoke in his face and just hope for civil war so you
can legally kill the goddaMNED BASTARD.
This is a squatters technique that the government aides in using against
people who do not fit to the dictations of the tyrants who rule the
I had a neighbor that put a driveway on my property. I complained to the
government and they hit me with a baseball bat.
But I cannot do anything about it because George Bush and the secret
service already kidnapped me, drugged me and planted a microchip in my
My family started the us military and the solution Grandpa Bomb had with
George Washington to blow the hell out of them and send them back to
Fuck em in their christian jew cop asses.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.