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Question DetailsAsked on 10/2/2014

Landscaping - My neighbors invasive planted bamboo trees keep invading my yard. I need to get rid of them?

We have a common fence adjoining our properties and he planted bamboo trees at the base of the fence which runs behind all of my property. Not only are the trees blocking all the sun, I use to have but I find the roots invading my yard. How do I get rid of the roots permanently to stop the invasion. I tried thinning out the trees which appear on my side of the yard and the neighbor told me I had no right to cut the branches on my side of the fence. Due to the lack of sun, the flowers I planted no longer receive the proper light and are not blooming as nicely and the flowering bushes I planted no longer bloom. He's been here 5 years and I've been in my property 60 years and he said I wasn''t being a good neighbor because I had the audacity to trim some of his branches that
were invading my property and complained to him that the bamboos were invading my yard and the bamboo roots were growing underneath fence . I would like to get rid of the of the bamboo in my yard for good .

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You have the right to cut the branches and roots that are on your side of the line - in some states there are legal notification requirements if what you do might kill the plant entirely, or if it might cause it (say a large tree) to fall on his house or car or such, and there are also legal notice requirements if you need to geton his side of the line to do the work - but you DO have the right to stop its growth on your property, both above and below the ground surface.

Now the bad news - short of repeated strong injected systemic poisons (which will also kill his side to, at least hopefully) you are in for a long, hard battle - here are several former similar questions with many responses -

I do know that trying to physically block it with chemical barrier or concrete cutoff wall is pretty much a lost cause - I have seen pool and foundation excavations with it in an intertwined mass over 20 feet deep (in areas with deep water table) and have even seen it growing all the way under and cropping up on the other side of an entire house.

I would do a bit of research on your state laws on Invasive Species - also check the federal list - if you are lucky, it will be classified as an invasive species and you can get a government order issued forcing him to remove it - then it will be HIS problem, though it might take court action to force him to kill off the part growing in your yard too.

Also check local/state laws on blocking the sun - many areas now have limitations on height and/or percentage of sunlight blockage from plantings.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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