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  • Neighbours and trees

    Trees; seems to be a contentious subject with some neighbours

    Love your feedback on the matter of very lofty well established- probably planted in the 1960's- pine trees on a lower, unused, hillside back section of a property.

    The property owners' in past years have spent a small fortune felling, thinning and topping the pines to retain the sweeping habour views enjoyed by tenants at their rental property- and the trees are presently at a height in keeping the view, and -we believe - offer some privacy and a windbreak for the property

    Neighbours' in the street below have approached the tenants' complaining of the pine needles in their gutters and spouting, one in particular upset as she had hers blocked quite badly- but it does sound that she had neglected to clear her spouting for well over a year

    My handyman had his arborist quote $4600 to top them - no disposal cost- just reducing height- but I don't think the height is the issue and felling them would even be more money. Am I being hardnosed in my stance that its a lot of money when the neighbours should be clearing out their gutters ! ?

  • #2
    It depends how often they have to clear them out. Apart from the one mentioned, are they having to clear them more than the norm?
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    • #3
      they burn good those big neighbours pine trees, definitely not the sort of tree to be planted in built up areas

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      • #4
        Pine trees in NZ have no redeeming features.
        Have them poisoned and let them rot.

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        • #5
          It is quite expensive to cut down more than 10- meter trees. Big tree creates hassels more than privacy. The owner seems more concerned with the cut-down fee when tree turns to certain height. I cut down all more than 4 meters trees in tenant properties to avoid to fast growing to certain height.

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          • #6
            All you need is a hand drill, some diesel and a dark night :-)

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            • #7
              So you own the property with the trees?
              You don't have to cut them down.
              The neighbours can ask you, and might offer to pay.

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              • #8
                No - I manage the property for the owner. We have offered the neighbour at the side of the house cut branches for his woodburner in the past

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                • #9
                  The height obscuring the property views is the only adverse matter for the owner and tenants. We still think they offer a bit of privacy and a wind break - so considering all those factors- no advantage to the owner in cutting them until they get too high too enjoy the views

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                  • #10
                    Ha ha... Guy Fawkes night isn't far away ;-)

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                    • #11
                      wind break is great until the wind blows them over on the house

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