Neighbor’s Trees Invading Your Turf?

At JCMS, we hear a lot of conflict over vegetation, such as: His tree overhangs my house (or yard) and it’s filling my gutters with leaves (or dropping rotten apples on my lawn). Their tree has gotten so big that it has cut off my view. I’m worried that those growing roots will damage my sewer line. My neighbor’s bushes are branching out over my driveway.  Can I trim them? Generally, you have the right to trim branches and roots up to your property line, as long as you don’t cause damage to the tree or trespass onto your neighbor’s property.  Before you pick up your chain saw, though, here are some things to consider: You can forestall a lot of trouble by talking to your neighbor first. The owners may feel very strongly about mutilation of their majestic maple.  Explain why you think the trimming is necessary, and how you plan to do it. If you hire a company to do the job, you will have to cover the cost, but if the tree or bush is on city property or a utility easement, you may be able to get them to trim it. If you talk to your neighbor first, she may be willing to split the cost with you. Check to see if the tree is protected because of its species, size or age. If a tree is diseased or in danger of falling, the local government may require the owner to remove the tree. If you damage the tree, you may be liable to the owner, and trees can be worth a lot of money...