Strange property line issues
We finished building our house about 7 months ago. I posted quite a bit on the building forum during that time.
I have a situation concerning one of my neighbors and our adjoining property line.
We bought 6 acres in 1999. It is a long and narrow piece of property. The property line in question is approx. 879 feet long.
When we bought the land, we planted leyland cypress trees to create a future privacy screen. We planted over 100 trees. The land next to us was still for sale. We planted the trees 8 feet into our property line to allow for growth and spaced them 8 feet apart. This way the trees would not be crammed on top of each other as I have seen in other areas.
The land next to us sold a couple of years later.
Fast forward to 2004. We start to build our house. Our Leylands are about 12-15 feet tall and are doing great.
One day while out at the building site I noticed the neighbor planting leylands next to ours. He planted some
right on the property line and several were on our land. He planted the Leylands 2-3 feet apart. Leylands grow 60-70 feet tall and 12-15 feet wide!
He also began to cut down beautiful hardwoods trees to plant leylands. He cleared out a large portion of oaks, maples, and poplers.
Our leylands will touch and create total privacy within 3-4 years.
After we moved in the house, I would see him planting more and more leylands. I very nicely told him some of his leylands were on the property line and some were on our property. I suggested he move them back on his line as to create a better air flow around the trees. Leylands have problems with bagworms and spider mites and need some space between them. I mentioned we would have the property line remarked. He moved the trees 18 inches.
I just paid $200 to have the lines remarked. While examining the property line markers, I noticed the neighbor had cleared some of our land. In one area he encroached our land by about 3 feet. He cut down several poplers that were on our land.
This is the strange part. This area had some heavy shrub growth. Our Leylands are only about 4 feet tall due to less sunlight. My neighbor decided to plant more little Leyland cypress trees in between our trees. He knows this is our property. My husband did not believe me. He said they must be trees we planted 6 years ago that did not grow.
Well, I showed him the trees and pulled them out of the ground. The roots were fresh and shaped like a 4" pot.
I can not tell if when he cleared his land he may have accidently run over some of our trees and decided to replace them and not tell us. I can find no evidence of our Leyland cypress trees being accidently mowed so I have no clue as to why he decided to start adding trees in between our trees.
When he cleared his hardwoods we now have a direct view of his house. His house is built about 300 feet away in the woods. We do not understand his obsession with his leyland cypress trees and our property line. He has ignored the rest of his property. There is trash all along the front of his property.
I am at my wits end with all the problems with my builder and our house and I just do not want to deal with this neighbor again. My husband has agreed to talk to him this time.
My other neighbor just loves our trees and has left everything alone.
Thank you for letting me vent. The whole thing is just so strange and it is adding to the tension of this whole building process.