Can I throw neighbors’ tree branches back in their yard?

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March 13, 2023 by Hirah Ehsan

I’ve heard of people who have had trees thrown on their property. They are usually told to “take care of it,” and “leave it alone.” However, if you’re a landscaper or arborist, you know that this is a really bad idea.

Trees don’t like to be cut down, and they’ll grow back even stronger if you do. In fact, some trees will grow back even bigger and stronger than before! This is why you should never throw branches or other debris onto your neighbor’s property.

My neighbor threw a bunch of branches into my yard. Can I throw some of those branches back? This is a question that I’ve been asked many times over the years. Now, I’m going to tell you what you need to know to answer that question. 

Talk with your Neighbour

When your neighbor throws a bunch of branches into your yard, it is a good idea to ask him politely to remove those branches. The problem is that some people don’t appreciate being asked politely. But, you have a right to ask them to move their branches out of your yard.

Let’s say your neighbor throws a bunch of branches into your yard. The first thing you should do is to talk to your neighbor about this issue. Tell him or her that you want them to take their branches out of your yard. Explain to them that you think the branches are too close to your home. Maybe the branches are blocking your driveway.    

If the tree is right in the middle of the property line:

The first thing to consider is whether the tree has a large root ball that extends beyond the property line and is beginning to grow into your yard. If it does, then you need to determine where exactly the tree lands on the property line and where its branches are branchin’ out.

Knowing when to take action will depend on where your property line is. Knowing the precise property line will be essential in this step as suggested by some arborists.

The Trees are on the neighborhood Side

When the trunk is split by the property line, or when the trunk extends across your property line, the tree is your neighbor’s.

Sure, but if the tree limbs cross into your neighbor’s yard it could cause a problem.

Be careful of this one. Even if you’re just messing around, if you cause any damage to a tree, you’ll be in a world of legal trouble.

It’s important to prune out dead or diseased trees so that they don’t spread disease to surrounding healthy trees.

Do you have a big, ugly tree branch that’s hanging over your neighbor’s property? Maybe it’s just a small one, but if you’re feeling bold, you could try to cut it off. It might seem like a good idea at the time, but the reality is that there’s no way to remove a tree branch from someone else’s property without permission.

If you don’t have the proper paperwork, you could find yourself facing a hefty fine or even jail time.

How to Get Rid of tree Branches of your Own

No matter which technique you use, you need to use it for all branches.

A perfect example of how to cut an overgrown branch with pruning shears is to find a less than three-inch-diameter branch and cut it

Thinner branches with a diameter of less than three-quarters of an inch can be trimmed by hand with a long pair of clippers or a pruning

Cutting is the first step in identifying a cut.

The base of the branch is the location of its connection to the trunk.

The tree is made of interconnected layers of cells, and these help the wounded limb to repair itself.

You prepare a branch for removal by cutting it to a manageable size and removing any twigs that are near its base.

When cutting down a tree, start by sawing into the bottom. Make a cut that is at least 12 inches away from the branch collar.

To keep your trimming cuts from stripping the bark, you need to use a bark guard to protect your trimming blade.

When you’re done cutting, lift the trunk off the tree, but don’t get it out of the way yet!

This cut will reduce the weight of the branch as it falls.

When you get to the third cut on the outside edge of the branch collar, your tree is done!

Prune the branches of trees without touching the tree trunk.

In conclusion, if you have to ask the question “Can I throw branches or other debris onto my neighbor’s property?”, then the answer is no. You should never throw anything onto your neighbor’s property.

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