Dispute Over Willow Planted to Close to House?

Last year my neighbour planted what was a 10 foot willow tree about 8 feet from their home and about 10 feet from our concrete brick garage. We pointed out the problems this would cause, but my neighbour literally screamed at my wife shouting, "It's not big"! I know that may seem an extreem response, but you haven't met my neighbour.


It's already around 15 foot and isn't going to get any smaller and is already starting to block some of our garden sunshine we've been used to for the last 30 years since moving in. Can anyone advise on how I should proceed please.

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September 13, 20151 found this helpful

Gotta love inconsiderate neighbours? (Not.) Does your city have a help line? A resource you can call to inquire about your options?

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September 13, 20151 found this helpful

Look to see if your state, county, city, etc has a 'property standards' division or something similar. If I recall correctly, I have read that those Willow trees, though beautiful and graceful, can be quite destructive to foundations and water lines. They have to be planted far away from houses and municipal or other water lines for this reason. If there is no property standards division, call around until you find out who to contact.


Don't speak to the neighbor any further on the subject since it appears they are stubborn anyway. The proper division in your area will give them a certain amount of time to either move or remove the tree before fining them, or will let you know if there is nothing which can be done about it. But I do think Willows are the ones which need lots of space.

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September 8, 20170 found this helpful

Drill holes in base, feed bleach Repeat often. This tree is a top weed and tough to kill

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September 14, 20150 found this helpful

I am not sure if you can complain about shade from a neighbour's tree. You may just have to move your garden to a different location in the yard, or learn to garden with less sun.

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November 7, 20150 found this helpful

The root system of a willow tree extend far beyond the diameter of the tree. If they haven't already, I'm sure it's just a matter of time til the roots invade your property, particularly if your property is wetter than your neighbors.


If you find you have no other recourse, enough 2,4-D amine (or more potent herbicide), soaked into the ground where your property adjoins your neighbor's (near the site of the tree), should, within a season, kill the tree. To my knowledge, there is nothing illegal about doing so. What if you had a dense growth of poison ivy in that area?

I love willow trees. It is our responsibility as Humans to plant them with respect to our neighbors.

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June 19, 20160 found this helpful

If you kill a weeping willow tree or cut down the tree, will this kill the roots?

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December 12, 20170 found this helpful

Pesticides and herbicides are killing bees and our natural world.

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October 9, 20160 found this helpful

Round up. And lots of it

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May 3, 20170 found this helpful

You can check your local municipal zoning laws, many areas forbid the planting of willows or poplars within 50 feet of any structure or sewer line. If they did you can have the village or town cite them to cut it down.

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