Originally Posted by HappyLittleHouse
We're "that" neighbor. Our lawn was torn out and I have a garden in one section, a U-shaped driveway put in, and a few new, baby fruit trees - lemons and apples. Love! We have one small patch of grass - about 7x7 - and the rest is garden or driveway, and it works well for me. Our neighbors have not complained.
There is a HUGE oak tree in our neighbor's yard and it overhangs into our yard. We share the cost of the trimming and it's about $250 each. It's seriously enormous, and since it's over our big koi pond, not easy to trim on our side.
I know, there's a part of me that's like, who cares??? Someone on another board suggested that I should do my part to help start the revolution this way
But then there's that small nagging voice, and the fact that we still might want to move at some point *sigh* What a stupid, stupid waste of space that side yard is
I was just outside, and actually, I am leaning more toward having someone come. There are some dead branches on all four trees that I wouldn't mind having taken care of--at least one falls with each windy storm we have. They weren't really enough to bother with by themselves, but I can have those removed at the same time. I also want to have a branch trimmed back our neighbor's tree. It's been reaching for the sun and provided nice shade last year, but now now it's way out over our pool. More branches from that tree are also blocking our lilacs, too. Might as well go for the gusto and get everything done. That way I won't feel so bad about the money. I do think the dead branches are a safety and liability issue...right???
My mom actually gave me the name of a reliable contractor for the job, and told me it will probably be $1000 or so. The rectory where she works is having a few medium-sized trees removed entirely and trimming done on several others, and they gave her a quote for $1000.
We've hardly spent any money on this house since we moved in 6 years ago. I guess it's about that time, huh? I'm just glad we happen to have the money to do it (for the moment).