Would like opinions- property line issues
We live on some acreage and 2 years ago paid to have our property lines remarked and extra rebar added because we had a neighbor planting trees on our property.
Today, a different neighbor on the other side of the property began clearing brush right on the property line at the main road. My husband drove by and stopped to chat with this neighbor and the neighbor asked if my husband minded if he cut back the blackberry bushes. The neighbor was standing at the property line. The property line was marked with rebar and red tape. My husband said fine. He thought the neighbor meant the plants shared at the property line.
I drove by about 5 hours later and the whole area was bush hogged 12 feet into our land. The rebar property line mark had been covered up by raked dirt. I took my husband to the site and he was shocked at what was cut.They cut back the blackberries and cut down trees that we wanted to keep.
We spent about 45 minutes finding the rebar stake and remarked it. We left a message on their answering machine stating we would like to discuss it with them. We went to their door and no one was home.
The neighbor's wife had mentioned she wanted stone columns at her driveway like ours. Our property line is at their driveway. There is no way they can add columns without building one column on our land.
We have an cordial relationship with these neighbors. We remarked the property line. We left a message to discuss what happened. If we do not get a response, we plan on planting trees in about a month on the cleared land.
What bothers us is that the neighbor had no intention of asking permission of cutting what was at the property line even though it belonged to both property owners but when my husband drove by the neighbor, the neighbor casually asked my husband about the blackberries.
I did mention to my husband that in the future to not allow the neighbor or anyone to cut unless we knew exactly what was being cut.
Again, we want to remain cordial with these neighbors and do want to handle it in a friendly way.
Thanks in advance.