I have a tree that is growing directly on the property line between me and my
neighbor. It has grown quite a bit over the years to the point that it has now
dislodged the fence out of position(before it directly against on my side of
the fence). So now somehow I'm going to have to build the fence around the
tree. Is it possible to use the tree as a fence post? Will it hurt the tree?
Thanks in advance
Amen to that. The previous owner of my property allowed small trees to grow
up next to the fence, enough that the barbed! wire got embedded. It was
only about an inch in, so I was able to chisel a notch to free the wire,
before I tried cutting the tree down. Time consuming!
On 30 Oct 2003 00:43:15 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org
Trees and property lines are an endless source of contention. And
litigation. I would do some research on the legal rights and
responsibilities involved. While you and your present neighbor may
agree now on the arrangements you make, this could become a problem
when or after either property is sold.
I don't think the tree will make a good fence post since it will continue
to grow over time. Put fence posts on each side of the tree about 18" away,
end the fence at these posts and fill the gap with chicken wire or some
other cheap material.
Is it a decent wooden fence? You could do something creative by placing
posts a couple of feet offset from the trunk and using "wing" type
panels that come close enough to the tree to provide for your needs
(privacy? animal control?). You could also run a "skirt" fence around
the tree. (You'd have to give the panels extra support, e.g. with a
wire.) You could also allow for future growth by setting a panel in
horizontal rails built on your side of the post, allowing you to slide
it 3" or so every few years as needed.
Cheapest attractive solution would be straightforward hurricane fence
with some kind of ivy.
I wouldn't use the tree as a *post* -- not really good for it in the
long run, let alone the fence.
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