Wild growing garden lands owner in court – the importance of keeping your garden in order

Wild growing garden lands owner in court – the importance of keeping your garden in order

Overgrown gardens can land you in trouble if they reduce the value of your neighbour's property

For many and not just gardeners, the pleasure of owning and maintaining the garden area is rewarding and very satisfying.

Whether one’s preference is for a lush lawn, a colourful planted border, a bountiful fruit and vegetable plot or an outdoor living retreat, the scope for enjoying the outdoor room is probably bounded by imagination and means. Perhaps like art, one man’s beauty might be unattractive to another.

In contrast to the beauty debate, some homeowners also appreciate the importance of the garden and how it can enhance the property’s potential capital value. Gardens which fail to live up to the owner’s expectations can often lead to disappointment.

On the other hand, gardens which are not maintained will quickly deteriorate and become wild looking. Occasionally the overgrown garden will also cause clear anger and frustration when the wild aspect impacts on neighbouring gardens. Leylandii trees would be a very good example of the many problems caused by trees which are planted near boundaries or trees which when not adequately maintained are a very common cause of many neighbour disputes.

Common sense or good neighbourly spirit does and should prevail and gardens will be maintained for mutual benefit and satisfaction of owners and neighbours.

But gardens growing wild and out of control can be a cause for much disappointment and frustration. Fearing that his home was at risk of losing value, Mr Carroll, a concerned house owner living in the affluent suburb of Ballsbridge, Dublin, took legal action because his neighbour Ms Barry was allowing her garden to grow wild. Earlier this month, in the Circuit Civil Court, Mr Carroll said that briars and overgrowth from his neighbour’s garden had to be regularly cut back. Mr Justice Matthew Deery granted an order awarding Mr Carroll € 2,500 damages and legal costs and directed Ms Barry to cut back growth and prune trees.

Homeowners wishing to avoid the risk of a Court order should note this judgement and to also consider your neighbour’s expectations when determining your garden’s maintenance requirements.

Apart from the immediate satisfaction of a great looking garden, well maintained garden areas optimises the individual plant’s performance and remain trouble free for many years. Homeowners requiring assistance on planting options or plants, should consult with a professional garden designer who will  provide valuable advice to determine an optimum planting scheme for your garden.

Article contributed by Owen Chubb – http://www.owenchubblandscapers.com


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