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September 16, 2011


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I think the bylaw is that you cannot touch plants that intrude into your property. The best bet is to phone 311 and hopefully someone at the city can give the correct answer.


Have you tried talking to your neighbours about it? That seems like the logical first step.

Calgary Garden Coach

Thanks everyone.
If plantman is right, then I should have a chat with my neighbour who keeps cutting branches off one of my spruce trees hanging over his fence. No, I'm just kidding, because I don't blame him, I didn't plant the tree (it is too big and too close to the fence), and I can't see the branches he's cut anyway, so it doesn't bother me at all.
And of course, Amanda is very right. I had assumed you would already do this first step. But if the neighbour doesn't want to take down the tree, then the comments above apply!
Good luck,

Frank Rizzo

Worse comes to worse, pour a healthy amount of concentrated round-up or antifreeze over the giant roots extending into your yard and all around... This is best done under the cover of darkness. It's a long term solution but permanent. Kill the tree, they will have to cut it down and you can flush/treat your soil! Just don't tell anyone!

I'm only half joking about that... that said, if your neighbor has no problems cutting your tree back, I would assume they wouldn't have any problem with you doing the same quid pro quo. It doesn't sound like you've had a conversation with the neighbor yet, that's definitely a first step!

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