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yogi59weedr
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10/11/2017 08:47PM
Look in for advise like Sag Joe and electricity...

My neighbor's walnut tree has grown to the point where it is hanging over my bedroom. I would say it tops out at 50+ feet. Damn walnuts are dropping on my roof.

Ok I 've heard about hail damage to roofs. What about walnut damage? My roof is only 3 yrs old. I've heard people say it does not drop as far as hail. I think the weight difference could make the difference.

Soooooo....... besides the mess they make in my yard, I'm concerned about damage. I'm thinking of getting a scissor jack or similar equipment next spring to take off the branches at the property line. Gonna make the tree look funny, but that's not my problem.

Your thoughts?

Signed..... tired of being woken up at 5am by walnuts slamming into my roof.
 
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ayudell
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10/11/2017 09:46PM
I'm assuming that you aren't on speaking terms with said neighbor.

You might call the municipality where you live to get their input before you do any work on a tree that is located on your neighbor's property. I had a buddy who called the city on an old dead pine on his neighbor's property that he thought was threatening his garage. The city came and cut it down- then billed the neighbor.

My guess is that this would be a similar situation- it's dangerous to have limbs overhanging buildings.
WhiteWolf
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10/11/2017 10:08PM
My understanding of this is that even if a tree originates in a neighbors yard but branches off into your property -- you have the right to do as you want once it crosses into your property from the ground level up. Many times the neighbor will not come over to "your" property and trim if possibe because of home owners insurance -- that if something happens -- it's on "your" insurance. Sad - but that is the world we live in.
Savage Voyageur
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10/11/2017 10:55PM
Why not just talk with your neighbor, explain the problem and work out a plan? My neighbor lady wanted my tree branches trimmed because they were close to her house. I got out the ladder and saw and went to work. The other side neighbor said the squirrels were using my trees to get onto thier house roof. I hired a tree guy to trim it.
jhb8426
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10/11/2017 11:53PM
So you get free walnuts aw'ready!!. What's your beef? You must live in a squirrel free area. I had a walnut tree in my yard when I lived in Seattle. Hardly ever got any. The squirrels got most of them. As noted above, as far as insurance issues go, what hangs over your yard is your problem, regardless of where the trunk is located. Found that out a couple of years ago when my neighbor's tree fell on my house. Also as noted, talk to your neighbor if possible. Maybe you can come to a solution.
dew042
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10/12/2017 12:06AM
Hire squirrel mercenaries.
overthehill
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10/12/2017 07:06AM
I would go with your plan informing the neighbor first.
old_salt
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10/12/2017 07:36AM
This seems to be a gnawing issue with you. Get a couple of pet beavers...
OCDave
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10/12/2017 07:46AM
quote yogi59weedr:...I'm concerned about damage... "

If you have a roofing materials of standard or better quality, walnuts are unlikely to damage it. (Metal roofing might be the exception)

Think twice before mutilating the tree then, don't. It likely took 20 years to reach that height. Even mutilated, you might be looking at it for another 20. Everyone in the neighborhood will recognize you as the bad neighbor for as long as that tree stands.

If you "prune" the tree on your side of the property line, keep the neighbor informed and do it judiciously.

You may have that same neighbor for the next 20 and should foster a better working relationship. Years from now, when your kid crashes into your neighbor's car, you'll be glad you are on good terms.

Consider celebrating "Walnuts Days" Buy a bottle of quality wiskey that you can ONLY drink only on days when walnuts are falling. You might start looking forward to nuts knocking on your roof.
10/12/2017 07:53AM
I doubt they will hurt your roof. They have a soft outer shell when they are green.
10/12/2017 07:58AM
Different states treat this issue differently.
And municipalities may also have ordinaces covering this.
Check those before taking unilateral action.

But the best solution is to speak with tree's owner and see if you can agree on trimming.
My tree was causing my neighbor some concern. He came over and we talked about it.
We chose which branches needed trimming and I trimmed them last weekend.
BTW, the tree looks better now.
mc2mens
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10/12/2017 08:18AM
You might find this information helpful. University of Minnesota Extension Service's website with laws re: trees and property rights. OCDave makes many good points.
mastertangler
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10/12/2017 08:56AM
Walnuts dropping on my roof is as intolerable as a neighbors constantly barking dog at 4 A.M. and I wouldn't stand for neither. Maybe you could have a Face 2 Face talk ;-)
schweady
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10/12/2017 12:23PM
We have the same situation. It's LOUD. But never found any damage. The purple stains are annoying -- worst when the squirrels like to leave the peelings on the deck railing -- but it washes away pretty quickly. One windstorm, I thought they were beating up the siding, but no. Some years are worse than others. Not too bad this fall. Last year, neither my neighbor nor I could spot even one walnut. Late frost was the reason. Maybe pray for that every spring. Gorgeous tree, tho. Provides lots of shade in the afternoon.
fadersup
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10/12/2017 12:53PM
What OCDave said.

Hey yogi, ever tried sleeping with a sound machine? White noise vs walnuts.
OneMatch
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10/12/2017 01:41PM
My house has had a walnut tree hovering over it for 32 years now. Hasn't hurt the roof at all. In fact, I have a glass sky light that the walnuts have slammed into (quite loudly) and still no damage. Maybe those husks kind of serve as a cushion.

The good news is that your roof will be fine and that the falling walnuts happen about 3-4 weeks out of the 52 in a year. Personally, I kind of like hearing them as it reminds me what a beautiful tree I have shading my house. They'll stop soon.
yogi59weedr
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10/12/2017 02:48PM
This is the front of my neighbor's house. I call it 1313 mockingbird lane. I'm probably the only neighbor who has not gone to the village board about all the over grown weeds in his yard. The guy doesn't care. Fence is going up next year also... tired of looking at it. The portion that hangs over my line is sawdust... next early spring.
Jackfish
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10/12/2017 04:44PM
Try posting the pic again, Yogi. Now I'm really curious...
yogi59weedr
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10/12/2017 04:48PM
mastertangler
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10/13/2017 06:45AM
quote yogi59weedr: " "

I take a lot of pride in keeping my property looking good (it has been described as a "jewel in the rough" > industrial neighborhood) but I have certainly seen whole lots worse Yogi. At least there isn't "rusty gold" (junk cars) sitting around or trash piled up everywhere.
Captn Tony
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10/14/2017 06:11AM
I got the same thing on 2 sides of my house.
I feel your pain!!
When I purchased the house 27 years ago the neighbors took great care of their places but now things but now not so much.
You can pick your house but you can't pick your neighbors
I doubt the walnuts will hurt anything, but they will attract tree rats.
ozarkpaddler
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10/17/2017 11:13AM
quote hobbydog: "I doubt they will hurt your roof. They have a soft outer shell when they are green. "

Hobbydog is spot on. We have a Walnut in the front and one in the back. Our roof is about 20 years old, no damage. The old one was an old tin roof and it just had a some dents, no leaks.

Now, as for VEHICLES, they WILL do some damage. We avoid parking near them as we've had some nasty walnut dents in the past. And on a windy day in late summer and fall you just don't hang around them very much. Our hand made BBQ pit is next to the walnut and this time of the year I BBQ with a WW canoe helmet on, seriously. The deer love the walnut trees, they forage on the low hanging twigs and leaves, but never the nuts.

It could be worse; growing up my best friend had a couple Osage orange trees in their yard! You think walnuts are loud and heavy hitting your roof, pick up a hedge apple!

mastertangler
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10/17/2017 12:36PM
Ozark Paddler I'm having some trouble visualizing the whole WW helmet and BBQ thing. Any chance you could provide a pic?
10/17/2017 01:10PM
I hope this matter is resolved soon for you.
It may be best to take matters into your own hands
I would be very uncomfortable talking to my neighbor about his nuts.
ozarkpaddler
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10/17/2017 02:51PM
quote mastertangler: "Ozark Paddler I'm having some trouble visualizing the whole WW helmet and BBQ thing. Any chance you could provide a pic? "

Heheheh, I do NOT have a picture of me wearing the helmet, but hopefully we can meet up one day and my wife will verify it and the reason I do. I was BBQing and got hit hard enough it almost KO'd me!

I DO, however, have pics of the BBQ pit with Walnut tree beside and over it:

LindenTree3
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10/17/2017 10:51PM
quote ozarkpaddler: "quote mastertangler: "Ozark Paddler I'm having some trouble visualizing the whole WW helmet and BBQ thing. Any chance you could provide a pic? "


Heheheh, I do NOT have a picture of me wearing the helmet, but hopefully we can meet up one day and my wife will verify it and the reason I do. I was BBQing and got hit hard enough it almost KO'd me!


I DO, however, have pics of the BBQ pit with Walnut tree beside and over it:

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I'm jealous.
mastertangler
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10/18/2017 06:43AM
Ozark Paddler looks like you have a fine place! Thats quite a BBQ pit.........And your faithful companion alongside ;-)


ozarkpaddler
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10/18/2017 09:43AM
quote mastertangler: "Ozark Paddler looks like you have a fine place! Thats quite a BBQ pit.........And your faithful companion alongside ;-)
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Thanks, that was Sir Zachary Gunflint Webb guarding the pit....I sure miss him! All my pups have been diligent in guarding the fire pit from intruders during BBQ sessions (LOL)! Sorry to the OP, didn't mean to divert your thread while talking about my walnut trees.
HowardSprague
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10/18/2017 10:07AM
I don't know about roofs - seems if hail can do damage, something 200x heavier would as well - but my mother in law had black walnut trees, and if they weren't picked up - sometimes hundreds over a week or two - they would really jack up the riding mower if I just went over them.
schweady
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10/18/2017 01:23PM
quote HowardSprague: "I don't know about roofs - seems if hail can do damage, something 200x heavier would as well - but my mother in law had black walnut trees, and if they weren't picked up - sometimes hundreds over a week or two - they would really jack up the riding mower if I just went over them."
Not to mention forgetting about them and heading out across the lawn in your bare feet. Those abandoned partial shells that the squirrels have gnawed into are SHARP.
 
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