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Obnoxious Neighbor

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

  1. ehorde

    ehorde LawnSite Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 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
    Messages: 1,674

    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
    Messages: 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. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,904

    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
    Messages: 2,592

    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
    Messages: 4,993

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

    naughty62 LawnSite Senior Member
    from iowa
    Messages: 369

    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
    Messages: 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
    Messages: 180

    Sounds like some roundup is in order.
  10. Marcos

    Marcos LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 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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