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Ashley Langridge
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I had a large oak tree taken down near power lines and an outdoor kitchen. I was well informed about the work they were going to do and how long it should take. The team was professional, fast and dropped the tree safely. They used a bucket truck and climber to trim branches from the top half of the tree with no damage to the yard around the tree.  I am extremely pleased with Driscoll Tree service work.

Michael Helms
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I began using Driscoll Tree Service back in 2021 and was so impressed with their knowledge and quality of work, I have only hired Driscoll Tree Service since!  Just a few weeks ago, my large oak tree needed a trim and once again it was a great job!!

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Can You Cut Your Neighbor’s Overhanging Tree Branches?

Neighborly conflicts are common among many homeowners, the most common being trees or branches hanging from the neighboring yard. If you’ve asked your neighbor to remove the branches with no luck or noticed overhanging limbs posing a safety hazard, call a trusted tree care company quickly. At the Driscoll Tree Service, we provide pertinent information and quality services to help you handle the situation lawfully. The last thing you want is a hefty fine or legal action. Let’s explore the legality and protocol surrounding trimming your neighbor’s overhanging tree branches.

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Can You Cut Branches from Your Neighbor’s Tree?

The most frequently asked question regarding overhanging tree branches is whether you can trim them without your neighbor’s permission. While the law permits you to trim branches that extend over your property line in most areas, ensure you do not trespass onto your neighbor’s property. We can dispatch certified arborists to trim the branches to the property line cautiously to avoid severe damage and tree removal emergencies.  

Can You Force a Neighbor to Cut Branches or the Entire Tree?

While you can trim overhanging branches, you cannot force your neighbor to cut down an entire tree or remove branches that do not pose safety risks. Suppose the tree is causing property damage on your premises or is a significant safety hazard. In that case, you can contact your local authorities or tree service professionals to assess the situation and determine the proper action.

When to Cut Tree Limbs from Your Neighbor’s Tree

Knowing the right time to trim your neighbor’s overhanging tree branches. As mentioned, it’s advisable to do so when the branches pose a safety risk or when they are causing damage to your property. Overhanging branches can damage roofs, gutters, and fences, and are a potential hazard during storms or windy weather. We recommend hiring a tree care company to determine the ideal trimming season before you proceed. Communicate with your neighbor about your concerns and intentions to prevent conflicts and promote a cooperative approach to the problem.

What Happens If a Neighbor Cuts Your Tree?

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Just as you can trim overhanging branches that cross into your property, your neighbor also can do the same. However, they must exercise care to avoid unnecessary damage or tree removal. You may be entitled to compensation if your neighbor damages your tree while trimming overhanging branches. Discuss your concerns with your neighbor and agree on how to address the issue without causing harm to the tree or each other’s property.

You can do so up to the property line when trimming your neighbor’s overhanging tree branches. However, forcing your neighbor to cut down a tree or branches not posing an immediate danger is not within your rights. If you prefer a more hands-off approach, ask a reputable tree service to communicate with your neighbor and exercise caution when trimming branches to avoid disputes and potential damage. Contact us at the Driscoll Tree Service to schedule a consultation with our arborists. This goes a long way to fostering good neighborly relations and understanding the legal boundaries surrounding overhanging tree branches.

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