How to cut a neighbor's overhanging bushes

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How to cut a neighbor's overhanging bushes
Maintain good relationships with neighbours when addressing overgrown shrubs. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Property lines designate ownership of a particular piece of property. Homeowners often plant a variety of shrubs along property lines to reinforce the boundary and to help close in a yard based on the landscape design. When a neighbour's shrubs become overgrown and encroach onto your property, approach the cutting of their shrubs with the understanding that the shrub does belong to the neighbour.

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  • Pruners
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  1. 1

    Research local laws or ordinances in regard to shrubs that are encroaching onto your property from a neighbour's yard. Determine potential courses of action that are available to resolve the shrub issue.

  2. 2

    Talk with your neighbour to explain the overgrown shrub problem. Walk the property line with your neighbour and discuss your desire to cut the shrubs back, how you will accomplish it and to what degree.

  3. 3

    Cut the shrub as agreed with your neighbour up to the property line but do not cut back onto the neighbour's property. Use good pruning techniques such as trimming in the right time of year or season based on the particular shrub. Make clean cuts with bypass pruners to promote healthy growth.

  4. 4

    Consult with the neighbourhood homeowners associations or groups if your neighbour is unwilling to allow you to cut the shrub. Request involvement from the association or group to determine if any restrictions or covenants are being violated.

  5. 5

    Seek the advice of an attorney, especially if the shrub presents a potential hazard. A blind spot, for example, created along a driveway near a road could result in a potentially dangerous situation for yourself, family or visitors.

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