Hey Paul, Can I Prune My Neighbor’s Tree That Is In My Way?

 

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This is not a substitute for legal advice.

Many of you may have neighbors with trees or bushes growing near the property line. Branches might be impacting equipment you use in fields, growing into property line fences, or dropping branches on your property after storms. The question is often asked, “Can I trim my neighbor’s tree?” The answer at least in the majority of states is that a neighboring property owner has the right to cut tree limbs, bushes, or other vegetation growing over the property line back to the property line. The adjoining property owner cannot trespass to do this and can only trim from his/her property. Continue reading