Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) April 15, 2012
It’s a common problem. Trees often extend across property lines and create disputes between neighbors. From dangerous tree removal to the just plain annoying tree debris landing in the yard, there are ways to work out tree problems and maintain good neighborly relations.
Most shared tree problems fall into three main categories:
1. Hazardous Tree Removal: The neighbor’s tree is dead, split or leaning. The homeowner next door wants the tree removed before it falls in the yard and perhaps hits the house or other property. Even if the hazardous tree is wedged tightly between two houses as occurred in this tree removal video, crews trained in challenging removals will bring the tree down safely.
2. Property Damage: The neighbor’s tree has fallen and damaged property. Payment for tree removal service and damage repair is required.
3. Poor Maintenance: The tree is growing over the next door neighbor’s roof. Debris keeps falling in the yard, pool or patio. The tree needs professional maintenance to resolve the problem.
“Don’t touch a neighbor’s tree,” advises Lou Giroud, ISA Certified Arborist and President, Giroud Tree and Lawn. “By law provided there is no trespassing, a homeowner has the right to take care of the portion of the tree on their property. However, to avoid conflict and potential legal issues, get the neighbor’s permission before taking any action.”
Here’s how to proceed. “Start with an evaluation by an ISA Certified Arborist,” suggests Mr. Giroud. “Ask the Arborist to assess the situation and provide a recommendation in writing. Share the professional evaluation with your neighbor, especially if the tree is deemed a hazard and removal by a tree removal service is required.
The next step is to reach out to the neighbor. “In working with 1,000’s of tree issues between neighbors,” explains Mr. Giroud, “I’ve found that the best results are gained through friendly communication.”
1. If the neighbor is approachable, call or visit. Schedule a time to talk about the tree problem. Calmly present the issue and share the recommendation from the tree service company. If the neighbor can’t pay for the work, offer to pay for it or share in the cost.
2. If the neighbor is never home, write a friendly letter explaining the concern and attach the Arborist’s recommendation.
3. If the neighbor doesn’t respond, send a certified letter. As a last resort, hire an attorney specializing in tree law.
Disputes with a neighbor can cause a lot of stress. An ISA Certified Arborist can evaluate the situation and help make the job of negotiating with a neighbor a little easier. To learn more about tree evaluation, tree problems and tree removal service, visit Giroud Tree and Lawn’s website.
About Giroud Tree and Lawn
Giroud has been dedicated to keeping landscapes healthy and customers happy since 1974. Serving Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties, the company specializes in property inspections, tree and shrub care, insect and disease control, tick control, deer repellent, fertilizing, tree and stump removal custom programs to build healthy, green lawns. Giroud arborists are certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and have the knowledge and experience required to successfully diagnose, treat and maintain the health of your trees and lawn. The company was awarded Angie’s Super Service Award® every year since 2005, the best record of any tree company in the region. The “Giroud Tree work for Charity” program donates free tree care services to parks, historical sites and other non-profit organizations located in the Company’s service area. For more information, visit the Giroud Tree and Lawn website or call them at 215-682-7704.