3 Neigh­bour’s trees over­hang­ing your gar­den

Canadian Gardening Annual 2016 - - How-to -

As your neigh­bour’s trees grow, their canopies may spread to over­hang your gar­den, cre­at­ing shade and drop­ping twigs and leaves. Gen­er­ally, you have a right to prune back branches to the property line, as long as you don’t dam­age the tree or make it un­safe. How­ever, be­fore tak­ing uni­lat­eral ac­tion and po­ten­tially ig­nit­ing a dis­pute, talk to your neigh­bour, con­sult an ar­borist to have the job done prop­erly and check with mu­nic­i­pal au­thor­i­ties re­gard­ing any lo­cal reg­u­la­tions. If the tree is more than just a nui­sance, i.e., causes dam­age or is a haz­ard, then the neigh­bour is re­spon­si­ble and it can be­come a le­gal mat­ter.

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