Neighbors' hedge is shading out my garden
This is becoming a major issue for us and I don't know what to do about it.
Many years before we moved into the house we now rent, our neighbors planted a laurel privacy hedge. I can see why they wanted it, as otherwise our bedroom windows directly face each other, which is a wee bit too friendly for my taste.
However, they planted it literally *on* the property line, as far as I can tell. I don't know what they were thinking -- as if a large robust hedge would somehow magically not grow over the property line and intrude in "our" yard? Geez.
Since the hedge is in a spot where it doesn't bother them no matter how big it gets, they have done zero maintenance on it, ever. And now it's huge, a towering, looming 15-foot monster 10 feet thick, and it's literally blocking the sun to my garden, robbing us of several hours of morning sun my roses need.
They're OK with us cutting it back as long as it remains as high as their gutter line for privacy. But we can't cut such a big hedge back ourselves -- we tried and gave up for fear of losing a major limb -- and we can't afford to hire someone for such a huge job, either. And of course, the reason it's such a big job is because they planted a monster hedge they had no intention of keeping in bounds. Grrrrrr.
It just seems so unfair that their hedge that they've failed to maintain could literally kill my garden. Surely they're responsible in some way for their plants affecting property that isn't theirs? I wonder if I have any legal recourse about this? I'd rather not use it, to be honest, since they're nice neighbors all told, and I'd like to stay on good terms with them. But neither do I want to give up gardening because they refuse to take responsibility for the gigantic hedge they planted.