My neighbour is poisoning my trees.
April 17, 2005 8:33 AM Subscribe
How do I save my trees from a destructive neighbour?
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium to Home & Garden (21 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Both our properties have a view (through a few trees) straight to a very large lake. He is very anal, trimming his trees and hedges into Lego shapes, and I am the opposite, letting things grow wild and organic. I have a long, tall, 40 year-old juniper hedge that prevents his view laterally down the lake, but the hedge was established long before he moved in. Beside the hedge, I have two beautiful 40-foot blue spruces, a cherry tree and pear tree, a monster silver birch, and a flowering crab-apple tree, all of which are well established. When he moved in, he said the hedge should be cut down because it was "too prickly" for his kids. He has picked away at it over the years, but about six years ago I had to phone the police after he hacked out large holes (about 300 branches) when I was away. He admitted cutting the branches, saying they were on his property (which they weren't) then denied it to the police. Since then, the hedge has been struggling, and the other trees have been showing signs of rot, which is totally out of character. Even if I do soil tests to determine what he is using, I cannot prove it was he. He doesn't need to come onto my property; he can shoot a super-soaker over the hedge. Yes, I have repeatedly asked him to stop. As disturbing to me as the damage to the trees is the mindset of anyone (especially a medical doctor) who would do this to improve his view, or the resale value of his house. My kids have been eating these "organic" cherries and pears. I'm thinking of erecting a huge plywood sign: REWARD for the ARREST and CONVICTION of those responsible etc. Suggestions, please.