Tips on Trees from a Diamond Certified Expert

by Chris Bjorklund


My neighbor in Sonoma has some beautiful trees, but a few of the limbs and branches are blocking the view. I started wondering whether I was within my rights to trim some of those branches, given that they’re dangling over the fence and onto my property. Who better to ask than Darren Edwards, owner of Advance Tree Service, Inc.? According to Mr. Edwards, “You may have someone trim your tree without your neighbor’s permission. You’re allowed to go back to the property line. You can’t go over the property line. But so long as it doesn’t damage the tree’s health or integrity.” It’s also a good idea to discuss any limb trimming with your neighbor first, just to keep up good relations.

As a side note, we also had a neighbor’s tree limbs growing onto our power lines. One call to PG&E and they came right out to remove the ones that might be a safety hazard.

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