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Obnoxious Neighbor

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by ehorde, Apr 7, 2008.

  1. ehorde

    ehorde LawnSite Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 2

    I have a neighbor who allows his Bougainvillea to grow up over the fence line. He trims it about every two months and allows the trimmings to drop onto my property. I have asked him to trim the plant back so that he can manage it on wholly on his property. My reasons are:

    1. I don’t like getting pricked by the thorns when I pick up the trimmings.
    2. My dog has gotten the thorns stuck in his paws when I can’t get to them in time.
    3. My kids have had them stuck in their feet.

    I have asked him to then at least pick them up. He refuses.

    I now pick them up and drop them over the fence line so he can deal with them. OK... So now he throws them back over onto my property when I do this. @$&%* Are you kidding me?


    My question is: What if any recourse do I have?

    There is no HOA and the City Council says there is nothing in their code to intervene.

    It appears my only recourse is Civil Court. Perhaps using a “noxious” plant case?

    Thanks in advance for any feedback
  2. Albery's Lawn & Tractor

    Albery's Lawn & Tractor LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,675

    Here, if the plant grows over into your yard you have a right to do what you need to fix it. Alot of times people will let vines grow on privacy fences that are shared between 2 yards, usually the one who does not want it on his side sprays it with roundup and well, you know how that works.
  3. meth

    meth LawnSite Member
    from 10940
    Posts: 121

    I had a neighbor who never trimmed anything along the fence line and it always grw onto my side and looked horrible - so I would mix up a bunch of the chemicals that kills everything (forgot the name) and spray it right down the fence line. He didn't have the nerve to complain
  4. I would trim it straight up the fence line, anything sticking over would be cut. (Really I would just spray it)
  5. IA_James

    IA_James LawnSite Silver Member
    from Iowa
    Posts: 2,593

    It would be wrong, and undefensible legally if he caught you doing it. Therefore, I wouldn't advocate doing it. But if it was me I would ****** the hell out of that thing with Roundup at about double the recommended dosage.
  6. IN2MOWN

    IN2MOWN LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,993

    If its on your property then its yours...
  7. naughty62

    naughty62 LawnSite Senior Member
    from iowa
    Posts: 368

    The next time you go to chinamart or a box store,look for the displays that has dirt cheap flower seed packets. Select some noxious vining flower seed and help fill in the thin spots around his bouganvilee .10for a dollar morning glories are my favorite .
  8. Marcos

    Marcos LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,720

    You say you have a DOG, huh ?!?

    Do you remember the hilarious ol' Saturday Night Live skit about the "Yard A Pult" ???
  9. DavidR

    DavidR LawnSite Member
    Posts: 180

    Sounds like some roundup is in order.
  10. Marcos

    Marcos LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,720

    And combined with a pump-up hand tank on a moonlit summer night...

    A person on a mission can make "time-delayed graffiti" :rolleyes: magically appear !!

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