Can a Neighbor Force me to Cut Down a Tree

Picture of a luxury home with an oak and maple tree in the front yard. Every tree is a treasure for its owner. But the same may not be the case for his neighbor. It has always been tricky to tackle this issue because there are specific rules involved that may vary depending on the city or state. One of the most common questions we get is, “can my neighbor remove my tree and vice versa?” If you have the same question in mind, please keep reading. 

Rules and Regulations Concerning Tree Removal on Your Neighbor’s Property

The best solution is what makes every party happy. You should go and talk to your neighbor and come up with a favorable solution. Make sure you know what the rules are before you talk to your neighbor. 

Can I Cut a Tree on my Neighbor’s Property?

Don’t even try. You should not cross the line of your neighbor’s property to cut their tree. If anything goes wrong, you can be in trouble and be held liable for double the value of the tree. The tree is owned by your neighbor if the trunk is on their property, hence you cannot do anything to it, or you could face legal obligations in return. 

Can I Cut Branches that Hang Over into My Property?

It is never safe to assume when it comes to rules regarding trees. The best step to take is to get in touch with your municipality and learn the rules about cutting neighbor’s trees. In most cases, your local government will allow you to trim branches of your neighbor’s trees that invade your property. You should not go beyond the property line to avoid having issues with your neighbor. Remember that you need to be careful in pruning because you can be held responsible for whatever negative effects the trimming caused the tree.

Can My Neighbor Oblige Me to Remove My Tree?

If the trunk of the tree is on your property, it means you are wholly responsible for it. The same goes for your neighbor’s tree. You can have it removed or trimmed, and that is up to you as the owner. Your neighbor cannot oblige you to remove your tree. The situation only changes if the tree poses a threat to your neighbor’s property and safety. You will be held responsible in case your tree causes accidents and damages to your neighbor’s house. 

What are the Rules for Trees on the Property Line?

The rule is, whoever owns the land where the trunk of the tree sits is the sole owner of the tree. However, if the trunk is on both you and your neighbor’s yard, then it means you both own the tree. You cannot remove the tree unless the other owner gives his consent. It is still best to check with your local government because the laws can vary depending on the state, so make sure to learn the ruling law in your area. 

You shouldn’t make any drastic decisions concerning the tree, both you and your neighbor own. Discuss the issue with your neighbor and come up with a solution that will be beneficial to you both. 

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Tree Struck by Lightning

Picture of a damaged tree next to a home that split from lightning.Tree Struck by Lightning- What to do? 

Lightning is a majestic, yet deadly and damaging phenomenon. It strikes the land all over the world thousands of times per day. Whenever it hits the ground, it poses a threat, not only to people but also to nearby plants. Unfortunately, trees get damaged by lightning more than we realize.

The question is, what should be your next move after your tree is struck by lightning. Your tree may show signs of withered leaves and a couple of dead branches, but are they enough grounds to eliminate a tree? While lightning can bring irreversible damage to a tree, it is crucial to know whether the tree can still be saved or not before you make any drastic move. 

My tree was hit by lightning. What should I do next?

The most important thing you should do is to eliminate any weak and broken immediately after you notice their appearance. If you think you cannot complete the job because of the size of the branch, feel free to contact a certified arborist. It is crucial to have your trees inspected by a professional after being struck by lightning because you may not be able to say whether a tree can recover or not. 

Signs that a Tree was Struck by Lightning

The thing about lightning damage is that it does not appear apparent at all times, and some may even be concealed. Lightning affects the interior of the tree, the part that we don’t readily see with our naked eyes. This is the reason why a lightning-struck tree may look unaffected for days and weeks, then suddenly decline. 

In some cases, the damage in the tree’s interior affects the outer layer. Look for the signs that show the following:

  • A crack that extends down to the tree’s trunk
  • Bark getting stripped off the tree
  • Wilted or sparse leaves in the canopy
  • Blackened areas in the bark

Will My Tree Survive After Being Struck by Lightning

Some trees overcome lightning damage, while some don’t, depending on the gravity of the injury. The future of your tree after it has been struck by lightning relies on a number of variables, including the tree’s health, age, species, and location. Even if your tree didn’t die right away from lightning damage, it usually leaves a wound that can make it vulnerable to diseases and pest infestation. 

The general rule of thumb is, if the tree was struck on one side of the trunk, it has a fair chance at recovering from the damage. However, if the damage is on both sides of the tree’s trunk, it has to be removed right away. 

How to Protect my Tree from Lightning Damage

One of the proven ways to protect a tree from lightning damage is through a lightning protection system. The system keeps the tree protected from lightning strikes by redirecting lightning to a different direction on the ground. There is no system that can completely prevent lightning damage. You should get in touch with a certified arborist if you want to have lightning protection installed in your tree. 

Before the storm strikes, make sure that you are giving your tree the proper care it needs to survive any damage and can help it recover in case it gets struck by lightning.

For more information about storm tree damage, contact Sam at Saints Tree Service Cleveland, 9526 Parkview Ave, Cleveland, OH 44104, (216) 438-9080.