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Whose trees? (by Robin [WI]) May 10, 2019 10:56 PM
       Whose trees? (by DJ [VA]) May 10, 2019 11:49 PM
       Whose trees? (by Homer [TX]) May 10, 2019 11:51 PM
       Whose trees? (by JKJ [MA]) May 11, 2019 6:39 AM
       Whose trees? (by Still Learning [NH]) May 11, 2019 7:14 AM
       Whose trees? (by AllyM [NJ]) May 11, 2019 7:55 AM
       Whose trees? (by Roy [AL]) May 11, 2019 8:32 AM
       Whose trees? (by Busy [WI]) May 11, 2019 11:20 AM
       Whose trees? (by Busy [WI]) May 11, 2019 11:33 AM
       Whose trees? (by Vee [OH]) May 11, 2019 12:30 PM
       Whose trees? (by 6x6 [TN]) May 11, 2019 4:42 PM
       Whose trees? (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) May 12, 2019 1:18 AM

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Whose trees? (by Robin [WI]) Posted on: May 10, 2019 10:56 PM

Suppose you own a house next to a city-owned vacant lot. The city mows the lot on occasion but does nothing else. Suppose there are several 20' tall trees growing next to and through the chain-link fence that separates the two properties (owership of fence unknown).

1. Who is responsible for removing the trees that are threatening your roof?

2. Would it be unethical to hire someone to proactively cut down the trees before a windstorm takes them down, and do it so that they fell on city property?

I'm speaking hypothetically of course. Asking for a friend.


Whose trees? (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: May 10, 2019 11:49 PM

If the trunk is on the other side of the fence, they belong to the city. Any branches on your side may be cut back by you. (At least that's how it is here). If they are dead, and you believe they are endangering your property, send a letter to the city (public works department?) requesting that they cut them down. They won't, but you will have a record of the hazard being reported if they do fall in your direction.

If you cut off the branches on your side, they will be heavier on their side, and hopefully fall that way. --68.10.xxx.x

Whose trees? (by Homer [TX]) Posted on: May 10, 2019 11:51 PM

Before cameras were everywhere, a tree might get a few one inch holes drilled into the base on your own side of the fence, and a tough brush weed killed undiluted might get poured into the freshly drilled holes. Did I say cameras are now everywhere? --75.141.xxx.xxx

Whose trees? (by JKJ [MA]) Posted on: May 11, 2019 6:39 AM

Here in MA, the tree is owned by the property the trunk, at the base is on. A healthy tree, that straddles the property line is owned by both properties and neither can do anything to their portion of the tree that would do damage to the whole of the tree. If the tree is on the neighboring property, and the branches hang over another property, the adjoining property can trim the branches to the property line. If a neighbors tree falls and damages your house, the owner of the tree is NOT responsible so long as it was an act of god. The exception being a dead, diseased, or damaged tree that HAS BEEN BROUGHT to the attention of the owner of property the tree is on. If you were in MA my advise would be to trim the branches to the property line, and if the tree as a whole is damaged, diseased, or dead call the city and complain, if they donít take action send them a certified letter, then you have proof they the trees were brought to their attention. But you need to check your states laws. --71.248.xxx.xxx

Whose trees? (by Still Learning [NH]) Posted on: May 11, 2019 7:14 AM

See if the public works group will meet you at the property to discuss the issue. They might agree to do something. If not trim on your side. Anything that overhangs on your property as long as it doesnít damage the tree. --24.61.xxx.xx

Whose trees? (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: May 11, 2019 7:55 AM

Ask a tree company to come out and give you an estimate on removing anything that is over the fence line. They may know who to call in the city and where to stop cutting, from experience with the city calling them to do work. --173.61.xxx.xx

Whose trees? (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: May 11, 2019 8:32 AM

I have a similar situation at one of my vacant houses right now. Instead of trees, I have thick over-grown brush at the fence line which attracts neighborhood vagrants to camp out in. (I am tired of hiring people to pick up the garbage and other debris they leave behind). I have contacted the city that owns the property and only got a bureaucratic run-around. I now have hired a landscape man to come in and clear out all of the brush at the fence line. It will cost me about $600.00 to complete this job. --68.63.xxx.xxx

Whose trees? (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: May 11, 2019 11:20 AM

One thing I have noticed in my city, frequent calls to city about property issues results in MORE scrutiny of entire neighborhood, especially the person making the complaints. A couple of the neighbors by my first house learned that lesson!

Boy, howdy, my reciprocating saw and I would be all over those weed trees growing through the fences. If thee trees are bigger, then the cutesy-pie I am married too comes over with chain saw and I manhandle the ropes. We are getting good at felling trees.

Much as I donít like to use chemicals, I have started to spray some extended control weed spray along fence lines. Back when we were in the military, it was common advice when we hung out on the back patios that used motor oil would keep the weeds and grass from growing around fenceposts, foundations, and the other places that base housing would ding us on, if not kept trimmed. Me, I just got out and trimmed weekly. But, if thatís not an option for you, then that reciprocating saw works wonders.

Never get in a pissing contest with government beauracracy. At least, thatís my motto. --70.92.xxx.xxx

Whose trees? (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: May 11, 2019 11:33 AM

Oh, should also say, in my city, as long as there are no property damages incurred when felling those trees, the city doesnít care if the weed trees are taken out. In my neighborhoods, there are mostly ash, box elder maple, Chinese elm, Russian elm, and tons of white mulberry. Growing everywhere.

When I get more time, I am going to get together with neighbor and clear out the city lot on the other side of him. Feral cats and vagrant humans live in that corner. Weíll have to be careful, as black locust trees are making a stand there. Thorns that can puncture footwear! --70.92.xxx.xxx

Whose trees? (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: May 11, 2019 12:30 PM

Drain fire works about as fast as weed killer in those holes, it only gets diluted when poured down the drain... --76.188.xxx.xx

Whose trees? (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: May 11, 2019 4:42 PM

I would try getting the city to cut them first and if that doesn't work out and the trees are mostly on city property then you should be able to trim what is on your(or your friends) side of the property line. --73.120.xx.xxx

Whose trees? (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: May 12, 2019 1:18 AM


Tell your ďfriendĒ to send a certified letter to the city alerting them to the danger and liability should a tree or limb fall and damage property or heaven forbid kill someone on your property.

Worked for me.

BRAD --73.102.xxx.xxx

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