Holy hydrangeas, Batman!

April 2nd, 2013 · 96 comments

Stephen in Eugene, Oregon rode by this house on his bike and was a block away before he realized he had to go back and take a photo for posterity. “I question who is the good neighbor here,” Stephan says. “I suspect this is about more than just the hydrangeas. But maybe they just really want room to park another car on the lawn.”

BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR! :) Remove the OVERGROWN TREE!

related: And bad fences make bad neighbors?

FILED UNDER: flowers, trees, houseplants & gardens · neighbors · Oregon · public shaming


96 responses so far ↓

  • #1   LOL

    LOL

    Apr 2, 2013 at 9:29 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #2   mysi

    whoever posted this is stupid. those are beautiful and i bet they smell wonderful and keep the stench from being so bad from those stupid neighbors!

    Apr 2, 2013 at 9:29 pm   rating: 60  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   JK

      Madonna’s a well-known hydrangea hater. She probably financed signs like that all around the country. This is but the tip of the iceberg in the War on Flowery Bushes (an uninspired sequel to the War of the Roses). To make amends for their possession of a hydrangea, the offending neighbor must cut down the biggest tree in the forest with….a herring!

      Apr 3, 2013 at 12:41 am   rating: 18  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.2   SunshineGal85

      This isn’t even about the hydrangeas. It says right on the sign that it’s about the huge tree in the yard. Hydrangeas are shrubs.

      Apr 3, 2013 at 8:55 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.3   Lurtle

      The arrow on the sign is pointing at the hydrangeas. Just because someone puts “tree” doesn’t mean they’re smart enough to differentiate between a tree and a shrub.

      Apr 7, 2013 at 2:08 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #3   Judith

    They. PAID. To get this sign printed.
    *facepalm*

    Apr 2, 2013 at 9:33 pm   rating: 120  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   unsatisfied

      yeah. why not take those big bucks spent on that fine sign and spend it instead on a chainsaw?

      Apr 2, 2013 at 9:50 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.2   Marie

      It’s okay. I’m sure he can just cover the “overgrown tree” and reuse it until he dies. Putting that much effort forth? Not his first rodeo. (Or her, whatever.)

      Apr 2, 2013 at 10:05 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.3   Marie

      Ugh sorry. I meant, he can cover that part of his sign and reuse it. Stupid brain.

      Apr 2, 2013 at 10:30 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.4   a-Arialist

      And couldn’t even make it accurate, for all that cash. A hydrangea is a shrub, moron, not a tree.

      Apr 3, 2013 at 3:28 am   rating: 26  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.5   The Elf

      Thank you, Judith! That was the first thing that struck me too. This isn’t some homemade sign. Unless homeowner 2 runs a sign shop, somebody paid serious money for this. Makes you wonder how long this dispute has been going on!

      Apr 3, 2013 at 8:33 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #4   Uninspired Required Name

    I’m sorry, I didn’t realize it was more appropriate to park your car on the lawn than it was to grow a large flowering bush on the side of your house. What a fucking douche.

    Apr 2, 2013 at 9:34 pm   rating: 117  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   Roto13

      That’s clearly an Automobush. Much classier than hydrangeas.

      Apr 2, 2013 at 9:42 pm   rating: 56  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.2   Ha!

      “Automobush?” Hah! This is fantastic, and I’m going to steal it when I’m trying to describe my own broken-down, rusting, peeled-paint, dented, ahem, “vehicle” that’s parked in our driveway. But at least we’re out in a rural area on 2.5 acres where you can’t see the house from the road (or from any of the neighbors’ yards)….

      Apr 4, 2013 at 6:52 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.3   Ha!

      “Automobush?” Hah! This is fantastic, and I’m going to steal it when I’m trying to describe my own broken-down, rusting, peeled-paint, dented, ahem, “vehicle” that’s parked in our driveway. But at least we’re out in a rural area on 2.5 acres where you can’t see the house from the road (or from any of the neighbors’ yards)….

      Apr 4, 2013 at 6:52 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.4   Raichu

      While I agree with you on your assessment of priorities and if I were the neighbor I’d just appreciate the beautiful flowers, technically if they are growing into the neighbors’ property they have a right to ask that they prune it. The sign is way over the top though.

      Apr 7, 2013 at 9:12 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #5   rushgirl2112

    See, now I would have assumed the sign was referring to the big-ass tree in the back yard that’s overhanging the neighbor’s property. Especially because the sign says, you know, “tree.”

    Apr 2, 2013 at 9:38 pm   rating: 62  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   kermit

      Big ass tree? Come on there’s one measly branch hanging over into their property.

      (Before anybody brings up anything about the damn leaves – the wind likely blows them over into the other property even if that one branch wasn’t hanging over.)

      And honestly, I don’t get the leaf hatred – especially somebody who clearly doesn’t care how they park their car. They’re just leaves for heaven’s sake, not cooties or Jehovah’s Witnesses.

      Apr 2, 2013 at 10:11 pm   rating: 46  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.2   Roto13

      Have you ever tried to rake up a car? It’s not easy.

      Apr 2, 2013 at 10:31 pm   rating: 44  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.3   danibee099

      I agree… the branches from the tree in the background appear to be touching the other neighbors roof.

      Apr 3, 2013 at 3:26 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.4   rushgirl2112

      @kermit – You do realize that the entire tree isn’t visible in the photo, right? So it may be a hell of a lot more than just “one measly branch.” And yeah, that IS a big-ass tree. I don’t know how anyone could dispute that.

      But that doesn’t mean I would personally have a problem with it or that I think the neighbor’s being reasonable. I adore big trees, and I would be horrified if the owner actually did cut it down, unless it was dangerous.

      My only point was that it was pretty obvious to me that that’s what the sign was referring to, not the hydrangeas.

      Apr 3, 2013 at 8:24 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.5   0rd

      If tree branches are touching the roof, it could do dammage. Once the branches crossed the sign poster’s property line he would have been within his rights to trim back the tree himself.

      Apr 3, 2013 at 9:57 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #6   blahs

    I think they’re talking about the TREE in the back yard hanging over their back yard.. falling leaves they have to rake up, maybe?

    Apr 2, 2013 at 9:38 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   Britters

      Agreed. I totally sympathize (though I probably wouldn’t have spent money on a sign :/) The neighbors in the back of our house have two trees that drop leaves and pine needles into our backyard year round. We can’t even put in a pool or landscape the way we want because we have to deal with their leaves. I don’t even go out there anymore; it’s gotten so out of control. *sigh*

      My mom even volunteered to pay to have them removed lol

      Apr 2, 2013 at 10:11 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.2   kermit

      Wait, what? Leaves interfere with your landscaping?

      Are you planning on having a fancy pants garden you find in manor houses or something? I’m really having a hard time picturing how leaves could interfere with anything other than a pool.

      (And even if you did have a pool, why would you not keep it covered until you want to swim in it? Wouldn’t birds and whatnot crap in it if you left it uncovered?)

      Apr 2, 2013 at 10:15 pm   rating: 37  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.3   Britters

      Doesn’t everyone enjoy a fancy pants garden?

      Apr 2, 2013 at 11:08 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.4   Bug

      Well sure, but that doesn’t mean that many would leave a leafy one.

      Apr 3, 2013 at 3:34 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.5   The Elf

      Trees – and thus leaves – are inevitable in suburban neighborhoods. You just gotta deal. Most people like them and want them in their yards. Frankly, I’m pleased to see one so large and healthy-looking as opposed to the little scrubby trees that are planted after developers raze a forest for a planned McMansion community.

      I know I’m biased – our yard has over 20 trees, most of them oaks. It’s a pain when the leaves fall and I have to hire an arborist to check their health every year (and take appropriate measures when need be) but the shade and serenity they provide is worth it.

      Apr 3, 2013 at 8:40 am   rating: 34  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.6   pooham

      Elf, can I visit you? I miss “real” trees. And the woods. The weather is great out here, but not many trees.

      Apr 3, 2013 at 11:11 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.7   The Elf

      No problem! I know just where to bury the body.

      Apr 3, 2013 at 11:34 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.8   kermit

      Britters – Sure everyone enjoys fancy pants gardens.

      However if you have an average sized yard, no amount of ingenuity is going to make it look like those fancy manor house gardens you see in Inbred Royalty Monthly.

      Apr 3, 2013 at 11:50 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.9   Amy in Toronto

      I don’t think the sign is referring to the actual tree in the backyard because A) the tree in the backyard is not “overgrown” whereas the hydrangea shrub is quite lovely and full; and B) the arrow on the sign is clearly pointing to the hydrangeas. It seems to me that a neighbour who’s so intent on pointing out his/her passive aggression at another neighbour that s/he goes to the trouble of getting a professionally-printed, weatherproof sign, said sign would point the arrow in the most accurate direction.

      The car parked on the lawn is just the ironic cherry on this fucked up cake.

      Apr 3, 2013 at 12:40 pm   rating: 20  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.10   DraftingDave

      I know, right? Who cares about an overgrown tree in the backyard?

      ..maybe these people?
      http://tinyurl.com/bqc6m55

      Apr 3, 2013 at 1:51 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.11   Iwill FindU

      @VerityBrown you do know that potbellied pigs can get up to 300 lb full grown. People think they stay small but they don’t. The little ones you see people owning are just piglets, they end up unwanted because people don’t do proper research before getting a pet. It’s the same as those freaking teacup pigs they also end up full sized pigs.

      Apr 7, 2013 at 8:22 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #7   Hmm

    They’re still c-nts. Ever heard of knocking on the door?

    Apr 2, 2013 at 9:44 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   Rachel

      I would have assumed that they did, and the neighbours refused.

      Apr 2, 2013 at 9:51 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.2   The Elf

      I’m assuming they didn’t, because it’s more fun that way. I’d love to think that sign just came out of nowhere.

      Apr 3, 2013 at 8:54 am   rating: 15  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #8   Rhamza

    My sign would say “Be a good neighbor and stop fucking caring about the tree in my yard.”

    Apr 2, 2013 at 9:44 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

     
  • #9   heyyo

    team hydrangeas. those are beautiful and would be a shame to cut. never put nature aside for cars. you burned my feelings!

    Apr 2, 2013 at 9:50 pm   rating: 21  small thumbs up

     
  • #10   NoAdditives

    Uh, it’s Oregon. There are huge trees everywhere. If people don’t like them, they should move to New Mexico.

    Apr 2, 2013 at 9:55 pm   rating: 56  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   Kelly

      Then they will have nasty signs asking to remove the cacti.

      Apr 2, 2013 at 10:12 pm   rating: 20  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.2   NoAdditives

      You’re thinking of Arizona. NM landscapes don’t actually have cactus, and if they do, they aren’t tall. There are yucca types, but not the typical spiky cactus.

      Apr 2, 2013 at 11:38 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.3   Bug

      LIES!

      Apr 3, 2013 at 3:46 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.4   NOOOOO!

      Actually, as a New Mexico resident, we have lots of trees. Ponderosas in the mountains, white pines, but especially junipers and pinions everywhere, and cottonwoods densely around rivers/water. Yucca are more like wild shrubs, as ar our abuntant cacti, we just don’t have the saguaros.

      Apr 3, 2013 at 9:17 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.5   Beatus Mongous

      Damn, I knew I should have taken that left turn back at Albuquerque.

      Apr 3, 2013 at 9:51 am   rating: 15  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.6   Jitty

      Here in Santa Fe, the fruit trees are blooming. And while I haven’t noticed any hydrangeas, roses grow like weeds out here. We are truly the land of fruit and honey!!

      Apr 3, 2013 at 12:16 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.7   NOOOOO!

      I also live in Santa Fe, my plums are crazy, but watch out! I found some aphids on my roses and peaches today. :( Time for the Dr Bronner’s Peppermint spray…

      Apr 3, 2013 at 11:29 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #11   Deb

    These are the kind of neighbors(with the sign) who are better off in the country but then they have no one to bitch too or about, die why don’t you.

    Apr 2, 2013 at 9:59 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #12   Plantastic

    That “overgrown tree” has been there longer than either of those cookie-cutter houses. The douche with the sign bought or built the house knowing there was a tree and now he (or she) is resorting to public arbor-shaming to try to re-landscape the neighborhood. And if he meant the hydrangeas, he’s just ridiculous. Count me on Team Suck it Up or Sell the House, You Douche.

    Apr 2, 2013 at 10:45 pm   rating: 44  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   The Elf

      Oh, Plantastic, don’t you know that once you own a house you have every right to complain about every “nuisance” that was there before you? Flight paths, rock quarries, trees…..

      My favorite is Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins. He bought a house in Potomac near the river, but the view of the river was obstructed from his new ballroom, so he had the old trees cut down. As a result, the hill there has eroded significantly and a retaining wall collapsed. Good going, ass.

      Apr 3, 2013 at 8:50 am   rating: 25  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.2   Meeshypoo

      Everything Dan Snyder touches turns to sh*t.

      Apr 3, 2013 at 12:11 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.3   poopypants

      I was actually a renter (college) in a home where the tree in my yard was dying (I only found out it was dying because my neighbors were justifiably paranoid and had it checked out). It was fairly large, LOOKED healthy, and could have easily crushed either house. It’s possible the sign neighbors have hassled the other ones quite a bit, and nothing has been done.

      Apr 8, 2013 at 12:39 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #13   Plantastic

    That “overgrown tree” has been there longer than either of those cookie-cutter houses. The douche with the sign bought or built the house knowing there was an tree and now he (or she) is resorting to public arbor-shaming to try to re-landscape the neighborhood. Count me on Team Suck it Up or Sell the House, You Douche. And if he’s talking about the hydrangeas, he’s just ridiculous.

    Apr 2, 2013 at 10:46 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

     
  • #14   Megan M.

    If the sign poster knew anything about being a good neighbor, he would have moved.

    Apr 2, 2013 at 10:51 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #15   Shawna K

    I’d rather have an overhanging hydrangea than the drunken fools my neighbor has encouraged to park in my yard this winter. I don’t care if I have to flog a kidney on ebay, the fence is up this summer.

    Apr 3, 2013 at 1:54 am   rating: 15  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   KD

      Just throw a bunch of those short roofing nails into the yard. Make sure to use the steel ones so you can clean them up with a magnet >:)

      If you have already politely asked them to stop, of course :D

      Apr 3, 2013 at 7:11 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.2   spoko bang

      Fuck politely asking them to stop. The entire world has already been asked not to park there, by virtue of it being a YARD rather than, say, a street or a parking lot. Bwuh?

      Apr 3, 2013 at 7:35 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.3   Crystal

      I always fuck politely.

      Apr 3, 2013 at 7:47 am   rating: 22  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.4   Nobody You Know

      Call a tow truck. Encourage the driver to “accidentally” tow from the wrong end of the car.

      Apr 3, 2013 at 8:42 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.5   Rattus

      Then, Crystal, you do not know what you’re missing.

      Apr 4, 2013 at 11:30 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #16   Lil'

    I suspect the sign is pointing to the house, not the shrubs, and that the reference is to the backyard tree. I think the approach is all wrong though. If the overgrowth is a menace and the owner won’t respond, then the sign poster should put lawn chairs underneath it, have big backyard BBQs and hang a tire swing – treat that section like his own. Repeatedly invite the tree owner over for a little R&R and thank him profusely for the luxury shade. When branches or leaves fall, deliver them to the neighbor’s door and tell him it’s the least you can do for all he’s done for you. Every time he’s out in his yard, call him over to point out your concerns about the health of “our” tree. The branches are looking a little weak. Is it getting enough water and nutrients? Perhaps you could help by stopping by after work each day to talk to it – carbon monoxide is good for plant life, right? That tree would be gone before you know it. Then begins the grieving process – you stopping by each day to talk about your special tree memories, and standing in your yard staring at the spot where the tree used to stand. Then, that neighbor would be gone before you know it.

    Apr 3, 2013 at 8:08 am   rating: 20  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   Tupelo

      I really hope that nobody there is exhaling carbon monoxide; if they do, I think we’ve found a new way to supply the military.

      Apr 3, 2013 at 9:02 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.2   Lil'

      Oops – dioxide! (*hangs head in shame*)That’s what I get for reading the Buckwild death update before posting.

      Apr 3, 2013 at 9:41 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.3   The Elf

      Monoxide, Dioxide…. There’s only one oxide difference. No big deal.

      Apr 4, 2013 at 9:59 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #17   Ethel

    This is Eugene (well, all of Oregon), there are clear laws about the shrub – namely that the “offended” owner can cut the shrub back to the property line (not over) and not be at fault. Stupid sign bearer for not doing their own job.

    Hell, being Eugene there is mediation available.

    Apr 3, 2013 at 9:33 am   rating: 17  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   Wait..what?

      You beat me to it. You don’t want the overhang in your yard, you have the right to cut it back to the fence line.

      Guy is a lazy stupid douche. But not too lazy to have a sign printed up.

      In fact I would have to say he is a multi retarded cocksucker…(ripped that off the piss poor parking thread from the other day)

      Apr 3, 2013 at 9:45 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #18   Lil'

    Oops – dioxide! (*hangs head in shame*)That’s what I get for reading the Buckwild death update before posting. Rest in Peace, Shain. Rest in peace.

    Apr 3, 2013 at 9:33 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #19   Beatus Mongous

    I have a feeling the “overgrown tree” isn’t just in the yard, but it’s not healthy and about to fall. Perhaps that’s why the sign says, “Remove,” instead of “Trim.”

    Apr 3, 2013 at 10:13 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #20   H for Toy

    I was going to say this looks like something my neighbor would do, but then I realized that it’s way too direct. He would (and did) call the police/code enforcer, making them come out and investigate, only to be informed that we are well within our rights to do/not do whatever it is he’s complaining about. On one of my many visits to the code enforcer’s office, the secretary told me that they get calls daily from my neighbor, because, apparently, he drives around town all day, looking for things he doesn’t like and calls them in. On the plus side, he’s making sure our town officials are working hard for their paychecks.

    Apr 3, 2013 at 11:52 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   Rocket J

      Wow, I’m beginning to have a new appreciation for the complete laissez faire attitude in my neighborhood!

      Apr 3, 2013 at 12:09 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.2   Jami

      H – You sure you don’t live near me? I have a neighbor who does the exact same thing! And then whines that no one in the neighborhood will hire him for construction work.

      Apr 3, 2013 at 2:14 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.3   H for Toy

      No, but you can have this guy too… they can duke it out! :)

      Apr 3, 2013 at 3:59 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.4   Jami

      LOL One’s bad enough, thank you! And he gets his wife into the act!

      The latest I heard, which I might’ve told already, was this dude bought two bikes from a garage sale and had them chained up next to his garage to repair that coming weekend. Our trouble maker called the city and filed a complaint that bike man was “storing a lot of broken bikes in his front yard.”

      Apr 3, 2013 at 4:57 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.5   VerityBrown bang

      I live in an area where there’s an overabundance of busybodies like this, and the town laws are a reflection of it. For example, a little girl is being made to get rid of her pot-bellied pig (given to her for her birthday as a housepet!) because “someone” reported her as being in violation of the “livestock” ordinances. Then there’s the garbage workers who won’t remove your trash that week if the trash can lid is open even half an inch. The ironic thing is that this is a small, rural town. I’d love to crate up all the busybodies and ship them to cities where their desire to control others would help them fit right in.

      Apr 3, 2013 at 11:38 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.6   H for Toy

      I think we should crate all the busybodies up and send them to their own commune. Then they can all decide that there should be no livestock, no old bicycles, no charcoal grills, and no children’s outdoor toys.

      Apr 4, 2013 at 7:54 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.7   Jami

      I wish the Doctor was real. We could just have him pack all these people into the TARDIS and take them to another planet. The Planet Of The Busy Bodies. We wouldn’t have to hear from them for a few centuries until they perfected space travel.

      Apr 4, 2013 at 10:12 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.8   Rattus

      Where does the idea that busybodies belong in the city come from? Suburbs and small towns are where you find HOA’s and the greater reluctance to put up fences, so it would seem that the nosier sort live out there. Here in the city we don’t know our neighbours, and that’s the way we like it.

      Apr 4, 2013 at 11:37 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.9   The Elf

      “Overbearing Douchecanoe” knows no race, gender, creed, or geographic boundry.

      Apr 4, 2013 at 12:16 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.10   H for Toy

      Douchecanoe. I keep forgetting that one. I need to use it more often.

      Apr 4, 2013 at 3:09 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #21   Rocket J

    OK, I’m sorry, but being anti-flower makes me think you’re probably the same a@@hole that kicks puppies and kittens.

    Apr 3, 2013 at 12:00 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #22   mthsn

    …says the guy who parks on his lawn

    Apr 3, 2013 at 12:08 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #23   depro

    Nature notwithstanding, if it crosses the property line I can trim it, as long as it doesn’t kill the plant/shrub/tree. I frankly prefer to have the humongozoid tree trunk taking space in the neighbor’s yard while I enjoy the shade from the canopy. But that’s just me.

    Apr 3, 2013 at 12:10 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

     
  • #24   So

    If the sign is about the flowers then does the sign making idiot realise that for the neighbour to cut them back he will have to go into his garden. There by trespassing on his property. If this guy is nuts enough to get a sign printed then you can be damn sure he would bitch like crazy over someone walking on his property.

    Apr 3, 2013 at 5:42 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #25   KoalaKabuki

    The purchaser of the sign is an idiot for more than the points mentioned above. Laws in most, if not all, States in regards to property and air rights make allowances for this specific issue. He could mosey out there and just CUT the offending bush down to where it no longer hangs over his property line. Obviously dealing with a real genius here!

    Apr 3, 2013 at 10:40 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #25.1   The Elf

      If we assume the property line is right down the middle between the two houes, the bush isn’t actually over it. It’s close, but no over the line. The tree branch, on the other hand……

      Apr 4, 2013 at 10:01 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #26   So

    I wonder if the OP could find it on street view?

    Apr 4, 2013 at 10:53 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #27   Jodie

    Why not just put up a fence?

    Apr 4, 2013 at 12:19 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #28   Newbie

    As a public servant and County arborist, I deal with these types all the time. Yes, by law, he can cut the tree back to the property line so long as it’s done in a manner that will not harm the tree. Here in CA that comes under the Booska v Patel case that actually had to do with root pruning. If the neighbor were to kill the tree as a result of his pruning the the owner could sue him and ask for 3 times the value. Trees are worth a lot more than people think. Mature trees can be worth well over $20K. Getting a sign professionally made to get your point across? Insane. If I were the PO next door I would report him to Code Enforcement for illegally displaying a sign in his yard and for parking the car on the lawn. Most municipalities have ordinances against those kinds of things.

    Apr 4, 2013 at 12:51 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #28.1   Iwill FindU

      I get the whole don’t kill your neighbor’s tree with root pruning, but a trees root system can be huge, and your neighbors tree can do damage to the foundation of your house and can block the sewer pipes. So who gets to sue for those damages? I didn’t get a say why my neighbor put pine trees into their back yard, and I know our houses aren’t far enough apart for those trees to not cause me problems years from now.

      Apr 7, 2013 at 8:47 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #29   Tard

    This kind of shit is why I bought 5 acres And put a house right smack dab in the middle, on a private gravel road with a serious gate.

    Apr 4, 2013 at 1:51 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #30   Jami

    Okay, so let’s say it’s the tree in the backyard that’s the sign is referring to.

    In a very, VERY slight way I can sympathize with the parking cretin.

    One of our next door neighbors has this HUGE pine tree in her front yard. One of her kids brought it home from school umpteen years ago. Now the kids thought it would be fun, while it was still short, to jump over it. One of them broke the top off. So instead of growing straight up, it split into five different huge trunks. Through the years she actually had to wrap heavy duty chains around them to keep it from splitting further. Two of those branches hang over our yard and drop tons of needles all the time. Worse, if we try to prune it she throws this huge hissy fit about how we’re “killing her tree.”

    Since they hang over our shed and a part of our yard we only use for storing firewood, we decided not to push it. Still, it would be nice to be able to trim it back.

    Then one day my brother Paul brought home a couple of poplar tree clippings for me. I rooted them, grew them until they were big enough to transplant, and then dad put them in the ground near our neighbor.

    She started throwing a fit about how my trees were going to kill her pine tree. Every day for years she kept going on and on about how my trees were evil little vampire trees out to kill her pine tree. Even though they were far enough away from her pine to not do any damage and they weren’t big enough to “block the sunshine” from getting to that monstrosity.

    Now sadly, when we remodeled, my trees were taken out by the city. Seems we planted them above some pipes we didn’t know were there. And I couldn’t get any of the saved clippings to root. Neighbor celebrated because my “evil” trees were dead.

    So now every day when I walk by her tree with my dog, I entertain myself with thoughts of her one day dying and me being able to buy her house and the first thing I’d do is kill her pine tree. Or perhaps someone doing something like putting some copper nails in it because there’s a myth that copper nails can cause a tree to die.

    No, I wouldn’t do that. It’s not in me to destroy a neighbor’s property unless they put up a giant Nazi flag in their yard or something equally repugnant.

    So in that tiny respect, I can feel a twinge of sympathy for sign man.

    However, I’m Team Tree in the end. Just trim the branches hanging over in their yard, put up a really tall fence, and start reporting them for parking on their lawn.

    Apr 4, 2013 at 4:35 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #31   Jill

    I don’t get what the problem is with parking the car on the lawn? Is that a big no-no in the US?

    Apr 6, 2013 at 8:41 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #31.1   Jami

      Yes.

      It’s considered pretty white trash plus it violates codes in most places. Also it kills the lawn.

      That’s what driveways and curb side parking is for.

      Apr 6, 2013 at 5:54 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #31.2   Jill

      Ah ok, thanks for that. It’s a bit of a non-issue here in Australia, that’s why I asked.

      Apr 7, 2013 at 10:39 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #32   Vanessa

    In this state (maybe everywhere else, I’m not sure) your neighbor is only liable for damage done to you by a tree if you requested in writing that it be removed. I found that out when my neighbor’s tree knocked down a big portion of our fence and doghouse. So I think the sign is stupid but if he is referring to the tree, I guess it’ll make sure the insurance co pays up.

    Apr 6, 2013 at 9:29 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #33   LOLCATS

    Our neighbor’s tree hung over the fence and onto our property in the backyard. We just informed them that we would be cutting any part of the tree that was invading our yard. They began to threaten us for destruction of property until we pointed out that some of their tree root was busting through the walls of our in-ground swimming pool.

    The tree was gone within 24 hours and they paid to fix our pool. xD!

    Apr 30, 2013 at 2:09 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     

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