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Neighbor's tree towering over our house..

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Neighbor's tree towering over our house..

Hi everyone I'm located in Toronto

My neighbor's tree is towering over our house. The tree completely blocks the sky in our backyard and its raining with bird droppings on our patio furniture, bbq, plants, interlock etc. The neighbor's property is a mainstay housing. The tree leaves also block our gutters and eaves in the fall. What can be done about this? I think the tree is about 6-7 stories high and extends over our roof
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Cut back the overhang.

It’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission.
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NKode wrote: Cut back the overhang.

It’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission.
How much would it cost roughly to do something like that?? Thank you.
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Did you take that picture from my house? Jokes aside i have the same issue and am interested about pricing too.
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tempperm wrote: Did you take that picture from my house? Jokes aside i have the same issue and am interested about pricing too.
Group buy anyone? Haha
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trixstar wrote: Hi everyone I'm located in Toronto

My neighbor's tree is towering over our house. The tree completely blocks the sky in our backyard and its raining with bird droppings on our patio furniture, bbq, plants, interlock etc. The neighbor's property is a mainstay housing. The tree leaves also block our gutters and eaves in the fall. What can be done about this? I think the tree is about 6-7 stories high and extends over our roof
Im interested as well. Except my neighbor has an **"! Evergreen. So pine needles and racoons feces galore.
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trixstar wrote: Group buy anyone? Haha
The problem with trimming is that it will reinvigorate new (weak) growth to form where you cut it, meaning you will need to continually trim the tree every few years and the tree will only get weaker and weaker. It looks like somebody has already been trimming that tree. It hardly has any foliage left and the trunks are leaning over your fence. That's basically where they're going to fall as the tree gets more and rotten.
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This is what I see when I look straight up from my backyard..
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This is the neighbor's eaves..
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trixstar wrote: This is what I see when I look straight up from my backyard..
The tree has had nearly 2/3 of it's foliage below the upper crown removed. Every time it's branches get lopped, it becomes more unstable and weak. Nearly all the weight it up top and it's severely leaning.
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Katedontbreak wrote: The tree has had nearly 2/3 of it's foliage below the upper crown removed. Every time it's branches get lopped, it becomes more unstable and weak. Nearly all the weight it up top and it's severely leaning.
How likely will the tree fall during an ice storm if its already leaning and does home insurance normally cover acts of God? Now I'm worried
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trixstar wrote: How likely will the tree fall during an ice storm if its already leaning and does home insurance normally cover acts of God? Now I'm worried
Depends on the health of the tree as is. I see hydro lines, does your municipality take care of trees by hydro lines? I suspect that they're the ones who have been trimming this tree, is it possible to ask the city to inspect the tree?

If you cut away half the folliage as you've drawn on that picture, you are asking for trouble. The lower 2/3 branches have all been cut, it has 3 leaning leaders and now you want to cut the entire right side of the canopy. If this is a silver maple or a Chinese elm etc, I would watch the tree closely for failure.
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Katedontbreak wrote: Depends on the health of the tree as is. I see hydro lines, does your municipality take care of trees by hydro lines? I suspect that they're the ones who have been trimming this tree, is it possible to ask the city to inspect the tree?

If you cut away half the folliage as you've drawn on that picture, you are asking for trouble. The lower 2/3 branches have all been cut, it has 3 leaning leaders and now you want to cut the entire right side of the canopy. If this is a silver maple or a Chinese elm etc, I would watch the tree closely for failure.
Those are telephone lines and cable lines so the city won't be giving it any attention. Im not sure what type of tree it is. I guess at this point I'm screwed? Maybe ill just buy a gazebo the size of my backyard and call it a day. I won't get any sun, but at least I won't get hit in the head with bird poop. The neighbor sure as he'll won't be paying for the tree removal since the city is cash strapped from Covid. No money for the mainstay housing. Ill get leaf guards for the eaves too.
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When we moved into our house last summer there was a tree on our property that wasn't pruned for some time and was overhanging our neighbours garage.

I didn't want to be liable for any damage to the neighbour's house so called an arborist a few months back to prune the tree and and take down a few others on our property. Cost us $450 which included disposal and clean up.

In your situation it seems like there could be liability issues down the road. Would it be possible to have the neighbour agree to have the tree removed and then split the cost of removal with you?
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trixstar wrote: Those are telephone lines and cable lines so the city won't be giving it any attention. Im not sure what type of tree it is. I guess at this point I'm screwed? Maybe ill just buy a gazebo the size of my backyard and call it a day. I won't get any sun, but at least I won't get hit in the head with bird poop. The neighbor sure as he'll won't be paying for the tree removal since the city is cash strapped from Covid. No money for the mainstay housing. Ill get leaf guards for the eaves too.
Whats the base of the tree like? Is it in a bed or have they paved over any roots?
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Katedontbreak wrote: Whats the base of the tree like? Is it in a bed or have they paved over any roots?
This is the tree. Thank you very much for your help. It is greatly appreciated!
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trixstar wrote: Those are telephone lines and cable lines so the city won't be giving it any attention. Im not sure what type of tree it is. I guess at this point I'm screwed? Maybe ill just buy a gazebo the size of my backyard and call it a day. I won't get any sun, but at least I won't get hit in the head with bird poop. The neighbor sure as he'll won't be paying for the tree removal since the city is cash strapped from Covid. No money for the mainstay housing. Ill get leaf guards for the eaves too.
Sorry for my ignorance, what's mainstay housing? A Google search says it's a property management company.
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kr0zet wrote: Sorry for my ignorance, what's mainstay housing? A Google search says it's a property management company.
Its toronto's largest non profit community housing organization

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