To rake or not to rake, that is the question....

United States
August 14, 2008 10:48am CST
I heard this debate on the radio yesterday and was wondering what your thoughts may be on the subject. A couple live in the city and the wife wants to plant a tree on the property. The problem is the tree will hang over the neighbor's property next door and in the autumn when the leaves fall, leaves will fall on the neighbor's lawn. The husband doesn't want the tree planted because he said then he will have to rake the leaves from the neighbor's lawn because it will be their tree making the mess. The wife says that the leaves are the responsibility of the neighbor to rake. Who is correct in their thinking? What would you do in this situation? Me? It would depend on the neighbor and if we were on speaking terms. I would probably ask how they felt about us planting a tree beforehand. If it was a neighbor that I didn't speak to and had problems with, then I would probably just plant the tree and not worry about the leaves on their property. To rake or not to rake that is the question. What it your answer?
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@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
15 Aug 08
We do have nice neighbors but we don't give them any problems either so in my case I don't think we will plant that tree. We already have a tree and neighbor has it too, so in fall our trees mess both yards :):) so we have enough mess to deal with already don't really want more. I mean spring and summer time people are in good mood, if you ask them now they may say 'yea that's ok, no biggie' but comes fall and all that leaves falling blocking the drainage etc they will change their mind - never know :)
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• United States
15 Aug 08
Hi LittleMel, nice to see you it has been awhile :) It also depends on the age of the neighbor and if they are able to care for their own yard. I do have a honeysuckle vine that makes a mess in the neighbor's yard that I just rake the leaves over into our yard as they fall. She is elderly and has to hire help for her yard. After I rake, I mow our leaves with our mulching mower then I use the chopped up leaves to place around my rose bushes to protect the roots for winter.
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@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
21 Aug 08
hey nice to see your discussion again :) thats very nice of you raking the leaves off your neighbor's yard since she is elderly :)
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@snowy22315 (47111)
• United States
14 Aug 08
I think I would avoaid the whole issue and just not plant a tree in that particular loction. Why cause problems if you can avoid it? If there was no other place to plant the tree I would say skip it. It's not worth having isssues with your neighbor, and neighbor problems can really be a pain.
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• United States
14 Aug 08
Yes, they can. You should try to get along with your neighbors the best that you can if possible because you do have to live next door to them. If it would cause a hassle, I probably would not plant either. That is why I said that I would speak with the neighbor first if we are on speaking terms. Thank you for responding :)