Neighbor's Volunteer Trees
I tried searching and tried reading through multiple postings to see it this subject has already been addressed, but finaly tired out and quit.
I have wonderful neighbors (I live in the city) that I would not want to fight, injure, become angry with, etc. They are beginner gardeners and do not believe in removing volunteer trees that spring up in neglected areas. I have accepted gardening under their volunteer walnut trees -- hostas work well and thrive under that shade. But now several volunteer maples are growing in the only sunny place I have in my yard. These trees are about 6 feet tall now and there are four of them along my fence line. I know I can legally remove anything that grows into my property such as branches, but my neighbors live south of me so eventually these trees will significantly impact my growing conditions.
My yard is small and maple trees from other neighbors already impact my growing conditions in other parts of the yard. This was the only sunny place I had to grow certain things. Yes, I know that I can transition to shade plants, but it hurts to think of the plants I currently grow and that they will die as a result of their growing conditions. Which is really more important -- a spice bush or a maple -- I don't know. I have suggested cutting down the trees, reminding the neighbor of the damage maple roots can cause to building foundations (they are growing within 2 feet of their garage), and the fact that the newest maple tree will impact on the light in their own vegetable garden. I have no other options unless someone out there has an idea that I haven't thought of. I won't try dishonest ideas like spraying Roundup on the trees.
Any suggestions for me other than giving up? My subdivision is a mature area with mature trees. Moving doesn't seem to be an option since house sales are so bad right now and no one wants a small 50s ranch house.