Height restrictions on fences and hedges?

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Height restrictions on fences and hedges?

Postby two_shoes1mit » Jun 19th, 2016, 9:25 am

I know there are height restrictions on fences in a yard...............in place so as not to block view, sun, etc. What about
height restrictions on cedar hedges, especially when they are getting to about 40 feet tall.

We have moved our garden beds three time now due to lack of sun and by seasons end the roots of the cedars have filled the beds.

Have spoke to the neighbour and be became quite aggressive when it was suggested he remove some or reduce their height.

What would you do???????
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Re: Height restrictions on fences and hedges?

Postby looking4one » Jun 19th, 2016, 9:44 am

You have the right to cut anything that is on your side of the property line, including roots and branches.
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Re: Height restrictions on fences and hedges?

Postby LANDM » Jun 19th, 2016, 10:53 am

If you are sure there are no water or gas lines along the border, dig deeply along the length of the border, on your side of course, and it will sever any and all roots coming onto your property. Unfortunately, it may kill the cedars on their side, but that will sort out the root problem......and, perhaps the shade problem. :200:
You can rent little backhoes that would be dandy for this task.

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Re: Height restrictions on fences and hedges?

Postby Fancy » Jun 19th, 2016, 11:02 am

two_shoes1mit wrote:What would you do???????

Be careful before chopping neighbouring tree roots - I'd be looking at what the legal ramifications are before doing anything drastic.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/nat ... e12698935/
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Re: Height restrictions on fences and hedges?

Postby vinnied » Aug 31st, 2016, 8:39 pm

^^ cool, my neighbor's been complaining about our monster trees for years, nice to find out hes now liable for half the removal costs.
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Re: Height restrictions on fences and hedges?

Postby vegas1500 » Aug 31st, 2016, 10:24 pm

Find the roots on your side, drill a small hole, insert roundup.....problem solved :up:

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Re: Height restrictions on fences and hedges?

Postby hobbyguy » Sep 1st, 2016, 2:09 pm

Root pruning ought not do any damage if done with the old "1/3" rule. Remember, when shrubs are transplanted most of the roots are cut off, and generally survive quite nicely.

So if the roots were a problem for me, I would find the ends of them, then go back half the distance to the shrub and root prune with a sharp spade (steel shank boots help). Then the following year go back to about 2 ft from the property line, root prune to there. Repeat the close to property line root prune as necessary.
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Re: Height restrictions on fences and hedges?

Postby TylerM4 » Sep 6th, 2016, 2:22 pm

I'd speak to the neighbor about the problem.

If the neighbor isn't willing to help, I'd cut the roots/branches where I want to place my garden and hope they die.

That court ruling was in Ontario and has no impact here, it's also a fundamentally different case. Way easier to beg forgiveness...
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Re: Height restrictions on fences and hedges?

Postby Ken7 » Dec 11th, 2017, 7:51 pm

LANDM wrote:If you are sure there are no water or gas lines along the border, dig deeply along the length of the border, on your side of course, and it will sever any and all roots coming onto your property. Unfortunately, it may kill the cedars on their side, but that will sort out the root problem......and, perhaps the shade problem. :200:
You can rent little backhoes that would be dandy for this task.


Is it also true a small drill hole and a piece of copper wire inserted can also kill the roots... ( wink )

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Re: Height restrictions on fences and hedges?

Postby dirtybiker » Dec 14th, 2017, 12:57 pm

Be careful what you wish for...

Fences make good neighbours, Hedges... make great neighbours.

My one place has 30'+ hedge across the back, 15' + down each side.

Move your garden, of parts of it.
A little planning on your part, ie; shade areas get low light plants, and so on.

My neighbours and I have made it work, never had an issue,we all share and appreciate the privacies allowed with the hedge.
Everyone has gardens that flourish.

And the cynic in me says: why expect someone else to make concessions for you, when you
just need to use yer noggin' to work it out without involving them.

It makes far better neighbours. Likely even friendly, respectful neighbours over time.
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Re: Height restrictions on fences and hedges?

Postby LANDM » Dec 14th, 2017, 1:09 pm

There may be a building scheme on title that restricts the height. But you then have to enforce it legally.
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Re: Height restrictions on fences and hedges?

Postby Jhunter199 » Jan 18th, 2018, 8:12 pm

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Re: Height restrictions on fences and hedges?

Postby alanjh595 » Jan 19th, 2018, 2:14 pm

I don't think there are restrictions on hedges, but 6' max for fences is the standard residential bylaw. There could be problems in the future if either of the two neighbours sells and the new residents don't like what has been done.
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Re: Height restrictions on fences and hedges?

Postby gsc » Feb 7th, 2018, 11:00 pm

alanjh595 wrote:I don't think there are restrictions on hedges, but 6' max for fences is the standard residential bylaw.


I thought a fence could be 6'6" I could be wrong ill have to look into that.
either way I think we should be aloud to go 8' if needed on fences lol. Some times a tall fence is just what's needed.
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