Neighbor+hedge question

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Community Leader
Registered: 06-16-1998
Neighbor+hedge question
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Wed, 09-11-2013 - 3:26pm

This isn't exactly about home improvement but I'm not sure where else to ask this: who is responsible for maintaining a hedge or tree that hangs into a neighbor's yard? The owner of the plant, or the person in whose yard the foliage needs to be trimmed? Are there any general guidelines about this, or does it vary by state or city etc? No HOA etc in this case.  

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-03-2001
Fri, 09-13-2013 - 11:21am

I think it's usually a city/county thing but basically, your tree, your responsibility, especially if said tree poses a hazard to the neighbor's life and property (like a huge dead tree about to topple onto his house, KWIM?)...

but, if your neighbor wants to trim it and he won't butcher it, let him have at it! Save's you the time and $$$

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Community Leader
Registered: 06-16-1998
Sat, 09-14-2013 - 1:43pm

Thanks Carol. I guess I'll have to investigate the city website to see if I can find anything about it. I know a local real estate agent, I was thinking that she might know the answer or be able to tell me how to find out, but I rarely see her.

Its not my hedge, I'd like to think that I'd be conscientious enough to sometimes think about if my hedge was impacting my neighbor. What brought it to mind is that the neighbor just had the hedges trimmed on their side. Unfortunately we do not get along due to a disagreement several years ago, so no friendly discussions about these types of issues like with the neighbor on the other side. 

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-03-2001
Sun, 09-15-2013 - 1:53pm

Ah, I misunderstood. And I see the problem. I see no reason why you can't trim siad hedge up to your property line but with disagreements with the neighbor could complicate that. And getting teh city or county to enforce a code could make that situation even worse. Is there any way to defuse the issue and ask permission to trim on your side?

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Community Leader
Registered: 06-16-1998
Mon, 09-16-2013 - 1:26am

Its at the point where its so big that it needs to be done by a landscaper. I probably couldn't trim it--don't have the right tools (probably need a small chainsaw for some of the limbs). And there will be a lot of foliage to dispose of, more than would fit in the greenery recycling containers. The previous disagreement was over a different, pre-existing property-line hedge that I can trim but they insisted that the top be trimmed by their landscaper at my expense. So I think there's at least a 50% chance that they don't want me to touch this hedge either. They planted this hedge on their side of the fence and I think they should be responsible for maintaining it....if I wanted to maintain a hedge I could have planted one on my side! 

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-03-2001
Mon, 09-16-2013 - 9:17am

Probably true --- but why should you pay their landscaper/ Sounds like a rip-off to me. And very inconsiderate of them since, while they are trimming their side, they obviously could do the top for a lot less...