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Asked on: 10/29/06, 10:28 pm

My neighbor's tree may kill me, help!

My neighbor and I both have huge (3-4 stories high) pine trees in our back yards. I regularly have my tree trimmed. 1)sap and pine needles very messy, sticky & destructive. 2)Huge & heavy trees & bracnches above bedroom very dangerous if they should fall, would definitely destroy my home & harm/kill humans and pets. For five years I have asked him to trim and thin out the tree. He refuses. I know that I have a right to trim the branches that hang over on my property. So after 5 years of waiting, I told him months ago that I would trim my side of his tree in the Fall. Monday, I call to tell him the tree trimmers were coming on Thursday. He said, Ok. Thursday, he threatens us not to touch it, then he lies and says he never gave me permission on the phoone, then he adds that the bark beetles will kill the tree if it is trimmed before January. Lastly, he says its worth $100,000 and I better not touch it. The tree bracnhes are huge and very heavy and they hang about 10-12 feet over on my fence. That tree has got to be 50-70 feet tall. I am sad, angry, tired of cleaning and scared that even a large branch could crash onto my bedroom in a storm. I am a young widow w/kids and this guy tries to intimidate me. Please advise asap.

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