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Old Today, 12:54 PM
 
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My neighbor, with whom I have a very good relationship, has a fence between our properties. I have a bed of jasmine ground cover next to the fence and, as jasmine will do, it has grown past the fence and is covering a section of her yard. Also, I have a few trees next to the fence and leaves fall on her side. The fence is wood lattice and is starting to fall over in spots. Someone just suggested to me that the leaves on the other side hold water and contribute to the wood failing. Should I feel responsible for having my landscapers go over to the other side to blow out the leaves, cut the jasmine, etc. Vines, I believe, from my side are also growing up/through the fence which I told my landscaper to cut.
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Old Today, 01:09 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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My neighbor, with whom I have a very good relationship...
Should I feel responsible for having my landscapers go over to the other side to...
Nope. But it would sure qualify as neighborly.

Maybe it'll be better to start with a cup of coffee and a chat about it all.
Odds are if you sort out a specific date/time for the work that they'll join in fix the fence too..
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Old Today, 01:28 PM
 
Location: NC
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I would acknowledge your thoughts to your neighbor and ask if they would like you to cut down the jasmine at least. That stuff is a mess. You could also offer to replace the affected part of the fence in the future if they decide to replace the rest of it.
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Old Today, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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Leaves falling from a tree are the responsibility of the owner of the property on which they fall. Likewise, your neighbor could cut limbs that extend over onto their property.

Invasive plants, though, I feel a little differently about. At one time I had a neighbor who planted English ivy in a bed that bordered my property. That house changed hands several times and the various owners took different approaches to keeping the ivy trimmed on their property, but NONE of them cut back what invaded my yard. I fought that ivy for over 20 years. I would imagine the new owners of my house are fighting it, too. Never plant anything invasive near a property line. You may plan to contain it, but future owners may not and it is really not fair to neighbors. If you already have it in your yard, the very least you can do is get it out of theirs if they want it gone.
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Old Today, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Mount Pleasant, SC
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Nope. But it would sure qualify as neighborly.

Maybe it'll be better to start with a cup of coffee and a chat about it all.
Odds are if you sort out a specific date/time for the work that they'll join in fix the fence too..
Very logical and very kind way to go!
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