The Water Cooler – Trees on Your Property and In Your Neighborhood

September 13, 2017 12:00 pm · 38 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we will ask you a question or provide a topic, and you will talk about it.

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon.

Today’s question:

We all have trees on our property and in our neighborhood.

QUESTION: Do you trim your trees, and are there trees in your neighborhood that need trimming, but haven’t been taken care of for several years?

Talk about it….

Strad September 13, 2017 at 12:18 PM

Yes and yes. Why do people plant trees so they hang half way over other peoples property?

The Mamba September 13, 2017 at 12:25 PM

Yeah, I need some deadwood taken out of my trees, I had a guy come out and price it and he wanted $1,500. I’ll climb up there with a hacksaw.

Silva September 13, 2017 at 1:22 PM


Lo September 13, 2017 at 1:39 PM

Trim as needed.

House across the street sold recently, the non-resident owners had the big, beautiful (though problem causing as they all are) Sycamore removed Saturday. Can’t help but wonder if they bothered going through the City…. I know that’s an ugly fine if they get caught.

Julio September 13, 2017 at 1:50 PM

The worst offenders in Antioch for tree trimming is the City. Ask and you will be told we don’t have the staff or we only cut trees every three years. Try and get a sick or dead tree taken down and I promise you they will tell you it is fine.

Incognito September 13, 2017 at 1:59 PM

We have two 45-year old Modesto Ash trees in our backyard. Makes for a wonderful shade garden and yard. We maintain them and have them trimmed about every three years. Expensive – yes, but we hire a qualified Arborist who knows his stuff and his crew does a great job. Yes, trees need to be trimmed and maintained just like your house does and not everyone in the neighborhood maintains either their trees nor their house.

Pine September 13, 2017 at 2:00 PM

A neighbor just planted an Austrian Pine located 5 ft.from the property line. This tree can grow to 60 ft. tall x 40 ft. wide. So I’m guessing 35 ft. of this messy needle tree will be over my property. Any suggestions?

Roz September 13, 2017 at 2:16 PM

Yes & Yes. We are able to trim most of our trees. Aware of our trees hanging into neighbors yard,..but they like our trees and the shade.
We have had the City of Concord Sycamore Tree in our yard trimmed by a service every 3 years. But others in our court do not,…there are 9 total.
FYI,..Should ask City about City a Tree removal. They said no to us. Another neighbor down the street did it,….pretty sure they got a fine, plus had to plant 3 trees to replace it,..Wow!

What is there to maintain? September 13, 2017 at 2:32 PM

We only have 1 large tree. All the others are small enough that a 12 year old would not get into trouble cutting them down.

But no, we have never had a professional do anything with our liquidambar tree. I occasionally prune some branches from it, and I don’t think it hangs over the neighbor’s fence at all. I didn’t know there was an expectation that people needed to do anything but water their trees, unless they were obviously overgrown or diseased ???

Clayton Squirrel September 13, 2017 at 2:52 PM

We have a tree company coming out in a week to trim out some dead wood and remove some “green belt/park” tree limbs that are about to crush our fence. The fence makes horrible noises when there’s a breeze.

We are removing branches that lead to the roof. I’m not sure if we can get them all 3-5 feet away but we don’t need to make it easy for the “double mouse” to walk right onto the roof.

Dorothy September 13, 2017 at 3:04 PM

City palm trees in the meridian behind my house. They keep tossing off seedlings I have to pull out of my yard. The city stopped trimming them several years back so there are palms in the road ever time the wind is up – like today.

My house came with 2 trees in the back that I’ve had trimmed twice to keep them from the house. There had been one in the front yard but I had someone remove that one not long after I moved to this house.

Mimi (original) September 13, 2017 at 3:07 PM

I trim the lower branches that I can reach. And I trim them with a hand-held snipper. I have a chain saw, but if I tried to use it myself I’m afraid there would be bloodshed!! I’m over 60, barely cover my expenses so I can’t afford a tree trimmer, even a non-arborist one! Granted there’s a lot on my tree that would benefit from trimming, but that’s just not going to happen.

T.Payne September 13, 2017 at 3:27 PM

Generally I don’t trim my trees unless there is a problem. They don’t hang over the neighbors yard, and aren’t that large anyway even if they are old.

LostBoysMom September 13, 2017 at 3:44 PM

We moved to Dana Estates 1 1/2 yrs ago in a rental. There is an Elm tree in the front yard. There was one planted in front of every house when the neighborhood was built in 1953. That makes the trees that remain over 60 years old. Many people have taken theirs down and some people keep theirs trimmed. Ours is very overgrown and diseased so it drops leaves all year round. I’ve noticed others that are like this too. Today I was driving down Landana and a large limb from one of these trees had fallen into the front yard onto the house and a car. Many trees are toppling this year also because during the drought their roots dried out and they are now weak.
Of course it’s nice to have the shade but these trees are past their life spans and cause a lot of mess in people’s yards. Including those that no longer have these trees. Unfortunately we are not responsible for trimming our tree and we’ve been asking the owner to do so before the winter rains and winds start as there is a big limb hanging over the drive way and another that goes to the roof of the house which is a great way for rats to get on the roof.

Ms. Mom September 13, 2017 at 3:45 PM

I trim all my tress & have someone come out & do the big trees. My neighbor next door there tree branches are on the roof, my tree on the fence line is also on there roof & they do nothing. The have needed a new roof for over 10 years. Time will tell

Isabeau September 13, 2017 at 3:50 PM

My two massive elm trees spanned 4 backyards so heck, yes, I kept them trimmed. When the one fell, it fortunately/unfortunately only affected me. The trees are the reason my house stays a bit cooler in the summer and losing one really did make a noticeable difference.

Be gentle September 13, 2017 at 4:13 PM

Fortunately my HOA takes care of all of that!

UH1vce160 September 13, 2017 at 4:24 PM

Worse yet are the people that let their bushes and trees overgrow the sidewalk.This makes it hard if not impossible for disable and elderly to use the
sidewalk. In my area they must go out into the roadway which of course is not safe.

WC resident September 13, 2017 at 4:46 PM

Any recommendations on a tree company that

1) knows what they are doing. I’ve seen too many trees top-cut and otherwise butchered in ways that promote the growth of weak branches.

2) Does not charge an arm + leg for their services.

3) Is also willing to say that a tree is fine.

Dk September 13, 2017 at 5:11 PM

Why would you have to ask the city if you want to cut down a tree on your own property?

Silva September 13, 2017 at 5:50 PM

Clayton Squirrel #10, I am stumped again. “Double mouse”? I have several critter species visiting on my roof from time to time, but I’m not sure which one that could be. Google wasn’t my friend, either. Just curious. 🙂

Original G September 13, 2017 at 6:17 PM

“Double mouse” … Could it mean roof rat in this instance instead of computer cursor issue? Good idea to do a walk around twice a year and trim back growth sturdy enough to support a roof rat or squirrel from roofs edge.

Bill Cutting September 13, 2017 at 6:29 PM

Of course I trim trees

Pony September 13, 2017 at 6:45 PM

Had a tree hanging over my roof trimmed back a few weeks ago. The tree was touching the roof. Started hearing pitter patter of tree rats on the roof at night. I cut back a bottle brush on the other side of the house too so the rodents didn’t have a gangway to the roof

Kirkwood September 13, 2017 at 7:06 PM

@Dk – If memory serves, and sometimes it doesn’t, any tree in Concord with a trunk circumference above a certain number is considered a “Heritage Tree” and requires City permission to do anything major to it regardless of its location.

KAD September 13, 2017 at 7:25 PM

PG&E keep the trees in our backyard trimmed from their lines.

MonkeysnthePantry September 13, 2017 at 7:43 PM

Yes I am wondering the same thing. Why do you have to ask the city to remove a tree from your own property?

The Evaluator September 13, 2017 at 8:29 PM

Neighbors on both sides have multiple, tall 30+ feet trees planted right on the fence line that hang over onto my property. They drop pine needles, leaves, branches, seeds, etc. all over my house, yard, lawn. I try to trim what I can but they never do it. They don’t get the not so subtle hints to have someone trim their trees.

Clayton Squirrel September 13, 2017 at 9:33 PM

Hi Silvia!

“Double Mouse” is my husband’s term for what he saw climbing up the birch tree next to the kitchen window. He’s said, “Its like a mouse, but bigger, twice the size. It’s a double mouse.” Yes, I’m sure that what he saw was a roof rat.

Silva September 13, 2017 at 9:47 PM

Clayton Squirrel, 🤣Oh yes,🤣 those double mice!🤣

Keep all three barrels up September 14, 2017 at 6:26 AM

@Kirkwood And you have to go to the City, show pictures and prove that the tree is ruining your foundation or sidewalk whatever it might be, and you have to pay to see if you get approved. I think it was over $200, AND they can deny you and keep your money. And …..if you cut the tree down yourself, once they already know you want it down, and you don’t hire the City workers, you get a big fat fine!!!! Wow love the City of Concord.

Anon September 14, 2017 at 6:50 AM

There is a syndrome called summer limb drop. It isn’t really drought related but has to do with trees rapidly sucking up water on hot days. The water goes into the limbs and makes them very heavy. If the temperature cools rapidly, evaporation slows and the limbs are too heavy for the tree to hold. When ground water is abundant and days are hot and nights are cool, it happens more frequently. We had two trees in our office parking lot drop limbs this summer and l’ve noticed other trees around town with similar issues.

Giddyup September 14, 2017 at 8:33 AM

Those “double mice” are my neighbor in back pet rats that escaped and went rogue.

marfinlee September 14, 2017 at 8:34 AM

I have a neighbor whose tree is now growing over my driveway and impedes my backing up my trailer up my driveway, Can I ask them to trim it so it is not above my driveway or just so it my self.

Lois September 14, 2017 at 12:47 PM

My property backs up to Bailey Road with utility lines (at&t & astound) that never get trimmed. The City says “Not our trees, we don’t do them”, but they do the trees closer to Bailey along the walking path?

oh yeah September 14, 2017 at 1:17 PM

Neighbor lady and another neighbor have pecan trees! Am SO SO SO tired of not only the leaf drop, but also of all the pecans that the squirrels bring and bury in my yard!!!!!!!

America September 14, 2017 at 4:59 PM

We do try to trim them, but the tree huggers get in the way.

Dk September 15, 2017 at 8:42 PM

Wow, I had no idea !!!

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