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Question DetailsAsked on 4/18/2017

Can i put mulch around neighbors mailbox if it is located in my yard and she lives across the street?

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I wonder why her mailbox is in YOUR yard, across the street - or are you in a rural delivery area where the post office will only deliver on one side of the street to cut mileage ? (Check with USPS on that). It may well be this mailbox does not belong in your yard and at some time in the past she just put it there because she did not like the looks of it in her yard - had a neighbor ages ago who had the gall of asking if she could put his mailbox and bright yellow paper delivery tube on a post in our yard because it interfered with her fung shui - you can bet we shuid (pun intended) her away pretty quickly. If that is the case, I would take steps to have her relocate it to her yard, because that could constitute basis for her to eventually claim ownership of part of your yard under adverse possession rights.

Anyway - even if legally there under some sort of easement (check your plat for your property at county/state land recorder's office - or may be noted in your Title Insurance survey (check original purchase documents) too, but that sort of infringement might have been missed if not recorded because the surveyor might have assumed it was your mailbox, not a neighbor's.

Anyway - if on your property, she would presumably have at most an easement for it, so it would (hopefully) still be your land and you can landscape as you wish as long as (assuming it is legally there) the landscaping does not interfere with the use of or delivery to the mailbox (including not providing an unusually attractive hiding spot for dangerous critters if in snake, scorpion, or gator country or such).

Answered 3 years ago by LCD


Most likely, the mailbox is not on your property, but is on the city's property. You can see your property's boundary lines if you contact your city or county assessor. Most of the time, our property boundary lines end a few feet away from the street - not at the street inself. Especially if this is a subdivision. Being that this is the case, your question should go to your city as well. Since you have to maintain the lawn, I don't know why it would be an issue.

Answered 2 years ago by kmartynski

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