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Distraught homeowner seeks help stopping neighbor’s aggressive behavior: ‘Trespassing and destruction of property’

“What can I do?”

"What can I do?"

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Gardening should be a peaceful activity, one wherein you can take your land and create your own version of a private sanctuary. But what happens when your haven is not enjoyed by your neighbors?

One Redditor shared that their neighbor crossed boundaries just to show their discontent.

“My neighbor is reaching over my fence and cutting plants, simply because they don’t like them,” the Redditor said. “What can I do?”

In less extreme cases, it might be helpful to have a conversation with your neighbor to express your concerns and the importance of your garden to you. Helping your neighbor understand not only the environmental benefits but also the personal benefits of gardening may help resolve the situation. You can share how gardening can reduce heart rates, improve immune responses, and lower stress levels.

Alternatively, some commenters replied to this post with more practical solutions.

The most upvoted comment simply suggested: “Three words… MOTION. ACTIVATED. SPRINKLER.” Other solutions included building a taller fence and adding carpet tack strips or other physical deterrents. 

Other Redditors shared how to build a strong case against the neighbor to take legal action.

As one Redditor pointed out, the action of the neighbor qualified as “trespassing and destruction of property.”

In another Reddit thread, a homeowner had a similar issue in which their neighbor was harming their plants with pesticides. These chemicals not only damaged the plants but also caused the homeowner’s two dogs to get sick. In cases such as these, ​​it could be necessary to involve law enforcement and press charges to protect your family, pets, and property from harm.

A real estate lawyer or your local municipality can provide guidance on property rights and how to address invasive actions by neighbors. It’s crucial to handle these situations through proper channels to ensure your rights are protected and to find a solution that prevents further damage to your garden. 

Remember, while it’s important to stand up for your property, it’s also key to stay safe and work within the legal system to resolve disputes.

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