Fence next to neighbors tree
My neighbor has a tree that was planted perhaps 1 foot from the property line. ItÂs a gigantic evergreen (both height and width) and the branches cross the property line. IÂm having a privacy fence installed, and IÂm wondering how best to address the fence issue by the tree. Do I trim the tree? Do I just have the fence jammed up against the tree and donÂt trim it? Do I not install a fence section by the tree?
I donÂt get along with this neighbor at all; hence the reason for us installing the fence. A friendly neighborhood discussion wonÂt happen. IÂm already expecting a coming argument about us taking "his" property. Yes, I had my property surveyed; twice since he removed some of the stakes before the fence company got there.
There have been multiple issues about the property line and the "appearance" of my back yard. Although the front of my house is pristine, I will admit that my back yard is junky. He has complained about it to the authorities several times. Multiple code enforcement officers have visited the property and there is nothing legally wrong, it just doesnÂt look great.
Suggestions? I donÂt know enough about trees to know if extensive pruning will kill it. But I need a refuge from the neighbor and I think the fence will provide it.